Project Lit at Croft Design Center Middle School

As part of our commitment to highlight quality literacy work happening in Nashville, we visited Croft Design Center Middle School to attend a Project LIT Book Club. This program is possible at Croft because of the dedication of several exceptional teachers. Brandy Kuhlman, seventh-grade ELA, Abby Ashford-Grooms, eighth-grade ELA, and Colin Hunt, eighth-grade ELA and social studies, heard about the …

Dyslexia: What Teachers Need To Know

While one in 10 children has dyslexia, many teachers may be unfamiliar with learning strategies to help support these students, particularly since many students remain undiagnosed. This guide from Scholastic dispels some common misconceptions as well as offers some best practices that educators can implement. Students with dyslexia are very strong learners, and strategies that support them are also high-level …

Family Literacy at the YWCA

The Family Literacy Center at the YWCA offers a lot of resources for families, including early childhood education, parent-child learning activities and parenting education classes. These resources are designed to help families develop strong literacy skills by working with both children and parents to create healthy habits for the whole family. The YWCA currently offers classes on Fridays at the …

How To Create a Literate Home

There are many things parents and caregivers can do to create a home environment that makes children ready and excited to read and write. This resource from PBS Parents gives some helpful ideas for setting up a “literate home” for kids of all ages: For babies and toddlers, having an area with lots of toys, children’s music and age-appropriate books …

Five Ways Teachers Can Make It Easier for English-Language Learners

Have you ever visited a place where you did not speak the language? Not only do you have trouble communicating or understanding words, but there are also lots of cultural misunderstandings that can occur as well. Students who are English-language learners not only deal with these challenges on a daily basis, but are expected to learn math, science, history and …

Why American Students Haven’t Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

National data show that American students have remained fairly stagnant in terms of reading proficiency in the last 20 years. Why? This article in The Atlantic reports on reflections on this lack of progress by education experts. In particular, it calls into question whether the traditional approach of education, which prioritizes teaching reading skills, is overlooking the need for content-specific …