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Is Reading Comprehension at Risk?

John Micklos, Jr. with Douglas Fisher, Ph.D.

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There is reason for concern that standardized testing may be diminishing the development of reading comprehension. In this segment we discuss the specific risks to reading comprehension and outline specific strategies for developing strong reading comprehension skills.

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What's Really Behind the Literacy Gap?

John Micklos, Jr. with Timothy Shanahan

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The gap in reading skills between various ethnic, racial and economic groups persists. In fact, large numbers of American children have serious literacy problems. In this segment we take an up close look at the latest data on the causes of the literacy gap and current thinking on how to close it.

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Rethinking Phonics for the 21st Century

John Micklos, Jr. with Dr. Dorothy S. Strickland

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Phonics has been a controversial practice in the educational field for decades and opinion about the appropriate role of phonics has evolved. So here in the 21st century, what should educators be thinking about in terms of what constitutes effective and appropriate phonics instruction? Tune in and get up to date on the latest thinking on the subject of phonics.

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Understanding Response to Intervention

John Micklos, Jr. with Karen Wixson

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Response to intervention (RTI) is a strategy to help educators identify students with learning disabilities as early as possible and intervene appropriately. It is drawing increased attention these days. This segment explores how RTI compares with more traditional approaches and explains the role classroom teachers and reading specialist play in the RTI approach.

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IRA's Revised Standards for Reading Professionals--What's New, Why it Matters

John Micklos, Jr. with Rita M. Bean, Ph.D.

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Three years of effort has produced IRA's revised Standards for Reading Professionals. The first update since 2003, the document integrates the most applicable new research on reading instruction and reading assessment. In this segment we discuss why this document is so important to the IRA and to the profession at large and offer recommendations on how to make the best use of this material in your own practice.

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