How Poverty Impacts Reading

There is much discussion about poverty these days. Nearly 22% of children, upwards of 16 million of U.S. children, live in poverty. Nearly 45% of children live in low-income families, which are above the poverty threshold, but still disadvantaged. Children of color are especially affected, with higher rates of childhood poverty among African American, Latino, and Native American families. Besides … Read More

Parents’ Literacy and Children’s Success in School

Parental involvement is the most important factor of early literacy success and scholastic achievement. When parents get involved in teaching their children to read from an early age, those children have a competitive edge. Moreover, parents can exert a strong influence in making sure their growing tweens and teens remain lifelong readers. While both parents can and should be involved … Read More

“Language for All” Program in Oregon Schools

Oregon’s “Language For All” Program Helps English Language Learners using a “Push-in” model for language instruction. A recent article in Education Post started out by saying that Oregon isn’t usually the first state you think about when talking about progress with English-language learners (ELLs). We usually think of California or Texas but there is a school district in Oregon that … Read More

English Learners Are An Asset Says Secretary of Education

In a recent video address to the National Association of Bilingual Education‘s annual conference in Chicago, Acting Secretary of Education John King said that English learners are an asset to our nation. Speaking in both English and Spanish, he also said there are many benefits in the new ESSA legislation. King said that, “Under ESSA, states have the opportunity to … Read More

Why lending libraries are important for Title I Schools

Research tells us that poverty and reading levels are closely connected. Nationally, 1st graders from low-income families have 50% smaller vocabularies than their peers from higher income families. Before they even enter school, children living in poverty face a host of challenges that their wealthier peers do not: food and housing insecurity, poor health care and unsafe environments, limited exposure … Read More

Free Teaching Tools for Teachers

Starting in April 2016, Lectura Books will be offering free teaching tools for classroom teachers. The teaching tools are designed for teachers to use with specific books published by Lectura Books, and will offer activities to accompany the theme of the books. A new teaching tool will be provided each month. Make sure to sign-up to receive our monthly teaching … Read More

Common Practices and Values of the Top 6 High Schools

A research team from the Stanford Graduate School of Education released a study last month outlining the common practices and values of the top 6 high schools responsible for having an exemplary record of graduated and career-ready ELLs. The researchers profiled 7 key elements shared by all schools that contributed to their ELL success: Passionate, strategic, mission-driven leadership. Principals, assistant principals, … Read More

President Obama’s 2017 Budget for Education

President Obama’s 2017 Budget for Education The Obama Administration just released the fiscal year 2017 budget and it’s calling for $69.4 billion for educational excellence, a $1.3 billion increase from the 2016 budget. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the 2017 budget will allow further actions that will build on previous objectives, as well as, establish new ones. Acting … Read More

More Families Reading Together But Poverty Has Impact

Current data shows that families are increasingly reading to their children. In 1993, household surveys conducted by the United States Department of Education, National Center for Educational Statistics, showed that approximately 78 percent of children ages 3-5 were read to by a family member at least 3 times a week. The most recent data in 2012 shows that the figures … Read More

California Adopts New Curriculum Framework for English Learners

The California State Department of Education has adopted a new curriculum framework for English Learners in California, where one quarter of its students are English Learners. California is the first state to combine English language arts and English language development into a curriculum. This video, featured in the Common Core Channel, provides an overview of the English Language Arts/English Language … Read More