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Six Out of 10 Children Can’t Read By Third Grade

Six Out of 10 Children Can’t Read By Third Grade

Six Out of 10 Children Can’t Read By Third Grade Six out of 10 children in California can’t read by third grade, according to a policy brief co-authored by the EdVoice Institute in December 2023. A new early literacy bill, AB2222, introduced today by Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-Baldwin Park), with 13 bipartisan co-authors, and sponsored by EdVoice, Decoding Dyslexia CA, and Families In Schools, aims…

Solving California’s early literacy crisis is a social justice imperative

Solving California’s early literacy crisis is a social justice imperative

Solving California’s early literacy crisis is a social justice imperative Believing in the future of California’s most vulnerable students demands an urgent focus on early literacy. Nearly 178,000 economically disadvantaged third graders are not meeting state standards for English language arts, and the vast majority of those falling behind are disproportionately Black and Latino children. Early learning gaps all too…

12 Children’s Books About Bridging Language Barriers

12 Children’s Books About Bridging Language Barriers

These picture books feature characters who find ways to communicate with older relatives or with each other, even when they don’t share a common language. Have you ever played Pictionary? How about charades? The general premise of these games is that you have to convey information nonverbally to your partner(s) so they can say a specific phrase or the name…

Empowering Kids Through Storybooks: Helping Kids Make Sense of Global Conflicts with Compassion

Empowering Kids Through Storybooks: Helping Kids Make Sense of Global Conflicts with Compassion

Empowering Kids Through Storybooks: Helping Kids Make Sense of Global Conflicts with Compassion Distressing images and overheard conversations about global conflicts can affect children, leaving them with questions and emotions that can be hard to express. While children naturally seek emotional support from parents to feel safe, the challenge lies in finding the right words to explain difficult topics to…

Breaking the Silence: A Glimpse into the Heart-Wrenching Struggle of Illiteracy in America

Breaking the Silence: A Glimpse into the Heart-Wrenching Struggle of Illiteracy in America

Breaking the Silence: A Glimpse into the Heart-Wrenching Struggle of Illiteracy in America Experience the heart wrenching reality of illiteracy in America through, “The Truth About Reading”, a powerful new documentary. This eye-opening film sheds light on the profound issue of illiteracy, featuring stories of individuals who overcame the struggle as adults and offer solutions for a future where every…

Harvard EdCast: To Weather the “Literacy Crisis,” Do What Works

Harvard EdCast: To Weather the “Literacy Crisis,” Do What Works

Language and literacy pioneer Catherine Snow discusses the current state of literacy in America While the pandemic has challenged literacy development and outcomes for many students, that doesn’t mean America is currently in a literacy crisis. Professor  Catherine Snow, a pioneer with decades of research in language and literacy development, says she’s puzzled by the public discourse about a literacy crisis.…

5 ways to support children’s early literacy skills and build family connections this summer

5 ways to support children’s early literacy skills and build family connections this summer

5 ways to support children’s early literacy skills and build family connections this summer   With the end of the school year here, parents, caregivers and educators may find themselves reflecting on another turbulent year in education. For researchers of children’s literacy, year-end reflections may prompt discussions of the “summer slide” — children’s loss of knowledge over summer break, particularly…