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Closing the literacy achievement gap by ‘re-gifting’ the love of reading

Closing the literacy achievement gap by ‘re-gifting’ the love of reading

By Stephen Krashen Language Magazine There is overwhelming evidence that those who live in poverty have little access to books at home, in schools, and in public and school libraries, and that the lack of access to books impacts literacy development and also results in less knowledge of the world. Research, in fact, strongly suggests


Latina sisters launch after-school fitness program for other kids in their community

SaludAmerica! Growing Healthy Change San Antonio sisters Makayla Esparza, 9, and Alyssa Esparza, 8, led largely inactive lifestyles. They saw a weight-loss contest on TV and decided to get active and help others get active, but they didn’t know of any afterschool programs to join and they didn’t have anyone to be active with. This


Stanford study reveals Spanish-speakers learning to read don’t “just sound it out”

Futurity If faced with an unknown word, young readers in the United States are often advised to “just sound it out.” When using this strategy to help decode written words, learners rely not only on knowledge of letters and sounds but also upon the understanding that each word can be broken down into component sounds,