Rethink Reading

Reading/Writing Connection

Posted by Kerry Mescallado on Dec 8, 2016 10:00:00 AM

“Nobody but a reader ever became a writer.” ~ Richard Peck


When I was teaching writing at a local community college in New York, I would assign readings to my students. I made a conscious effort to use readings with general appeal, as the nature of community college lends itself to diversity. Each semester there was a wide range of both students and abilities in every class. There were students looking to complete core classes before transferring to a four-year university, ELL students navigating the intricacies of

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Topics: Research

Cognitive Domain: Tips For Building Lifelong Readers

Posted by Randi Bender on Nov 30, 2016 6:00:00 AM


Ask the right questions.

"It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.” ~ Eugene Ionesco  


Students spend the first four years of school learning to read. They should spend the rest of their lives reading to learn. But they can’t learn from texts if they lack the skills needed for deep and meaningful comprehension. Our education system dedicates those critical first years of school to developing phonological awareness skills so students can recognize the words in texts. We must provide the same kind of skill-building focus on comprehension so students truly understand what they’re reading.

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Topics: Cognitive

Physical Domain: Tips For Building Lifelong Readers

Posted by Alexandra Spichtig, Ph.D. on Nov 28, 2016 6:00:00 AM



What do Musicians and Readers have in Common?

As your eyes navigate across this line of text, are you aware of the physical process taking place? Probably not. For proficient readers, the physical act of reading happens effortlessly and automatically. But for many of our struggling readers, the physical act of reading is inefficient and exhausting. These readers expend energy on the process of reading, rather than on comprehension. How can we expect our students to learn from reading--and enjoy what they are reading-- if the act of reading is physically difficult for them?

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Topics: Research

The Impact of Reading Plus on Student Achievement

Posted by Alexandra Spichtig, Ph.D. on Oct 20, 2016 6:00:00 AM


We've always relied on research to guide us toward the best ways to help students become better readers.  In fact, the museum in our office displays equipment used in our research and reading clinics that dates back to 1933.

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Topics: Research

Council on Great City Schools

Posted by Joel Brown on Oct 18, 2016 6:00:00 AM

CGCS_60th_final.jpgThis week Reading Plus is attending the annual conference of The Council of Great City Schools. We’ll be meeting with, and learning from, passionate and exceptional educators who represent 68 large city school districts from across the country.

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The Three Domains of Reading

Posted by Mark Taylor on Sep 15, 2016 2:20:35 PM


...the gateway to knowledge, insight, and joy

That’s how David Pearson, our colleague and former chairman of the International Literacy Association’s Literacy Research Panel, describes reading independently.  I believe every educator who has ever helped a student become a successful reader would agree.  

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Topics: Research

Four Key Steps to a Successful School Year with Reading Plus

Posted by Eric Bauer on Aug 31, 2016 6:00:00 AM

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Each August, the Reading Plus Customer Service team buzzes with renewed excitement and energy as we prepare to welcome back teachers, students, and parents from the summer break. We're proud to begin another year of helping students discover the joy of reading.

We’ve been working to continue to improve our product, and to ensure your Reading Plus experience is always simple, easy, and productive. We strive to be available at the times you need us and to answer your questions the first time you contact us.

Tip Sheet to Help You Get Started

We've created an easy-to-use Tip Sheet that provides step-by-step guidance to get you ready for the new school year.

The Four Key Steps for Success

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Topics: Tips

The Power of Choice

Posted by Randi Bender on May 19, 2016 4:30:00 AM

My favorite childhood memories are the weekly visits to my family's local library branch in New York City. My mom and I would go there each Friday afternoon, and she always let me decide which books we'd bring home. Walking around the children's section, I'd stand in awe of the shelves loaded with books. So many choices! Such a place of joy!

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Teacher Appreciation Day

Posted by Kelly Scannell on May 3, 2016 8:52:15 AM

Today’s the special day to show our appreciation and pile the love on all the teachers of this world. We celebrate you today because of WHY you got into teaching in the first place--to make a difference and change students’ lives.

Mrs. Mark, my 9th grade English teacher, had a tremendous impact on me. She pushed us hard and expected our best work every day. Her style was tough love mixed with a sharp wit and fun. She turned reading classics like Great Expectations, Of Mice & Men, and To Kill a Mockingbird into thinking and learning adventures for us awkward teenagers. We matured under her leadership. Ten years after I took her class, I was an 8th grade English teacher, desperately trying to channel her style and best practices.

We have the privilege of working with teachers every day. You teach us so much--the Reading Plus program keeps getting more valuable and effective for students because of your generous and candid feedback, wise counsel and excellent ideas.

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New Research Published in RRQ

Posted by Alexandra Spichtig, Ph.D. on Apr 19, 2016 4:00:00 AM

Greetings from the Research Department at Reading Plus!

There is so much to share about all the exciting research going on in our department, but in this post I want to tell you about our latest publication in the April/May/June 2016 issue Reading Research Quarterly.

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Topics: Research