"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Saturday, May 07, 2016

New York: forget reading coaches: support libraries and librarians

Comment posted in response to: New York City Aims to Place Reading Coaches in Every Elementary School (Education Week)

New York City reading coaches "will emphasize use of the five pillars of reading laid out in the 2000 National Reading Panel report—phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.”
Has New York considered the many challenges to the conclusions of the National Reading Panel report? Many of these have appeared in Education Week, as well as in respected professional journals and books, Has New York considered the massive evidence showing the power of libraries to improve literacy? The evidence suggests that we don't need coaches in every elementary school, we need well supported school libraries and librarians.

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