What’s Really Behind the Literacy Gap?

John Micklos, Jr. with Timothy Shanahan

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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May 8, 2009
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Timothy Shanahan is Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is Director of the Center for Literacy. He was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools. His research emphasizes reading-writing relationships, reading assessment, and improving reading achievement. He is immediate past president of the International Reading Association. In 2006, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy. He was inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007.
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