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Through March, the Commonwealth Learning Online Institute (CLOI) will be discussing the Science of Reading through a blog series that educators of all levels will find valuable.

Most people associate reading with merely applying a phonetic sound to specific letters to create ideas through words, sentences, paragraphs, et. al. Nevertheless, there is much more going on “behind the scenes”, so to speak, when it comes to the way our minds interpret these strange markings that make up what we know as the English alphabet.

What to Expect

The posts you can expect through March include how Science of Reading corresponds to specific aspects of learning, including: 

  • The learner’s brain
  • Struggling readers
  • The components of reading
  • Instructional strategies for reading

By focusing our discussions in March on how we understand reading to work, teachers from preschool to university will learn how to better engage their students in the one task that impacts all learning: reading.

Combined Components of Reading

In the Science of Reading blog series, we will also discuss aspects of reading that are often discussed individually but rarely as a combined whole. These include facets such as reading comprehension, vocabulary acquisition and use, phonemic awareness, phonics, grade-level determination, and more.

Our goal with this blog series is to ultimately help educators better guide students toward becoming stronger readers as a whole. That being said, the Science of Reading blogs may be the single most substantial posts we release outside of our courses. Understanding the how and why of reading, and thereby helping to improve your students’ reading abilities, should translate well into superior subject and topic comprehension as a whole, no matter what subject you might teach.

Educators Should Know the Science of Reading

We have heard time and again that teachers don’t understand the science of reading, and we believe it’s time to address that potential shortfall head-on. Especially since every state has wildly different regulations when it comes to education goals, there is a chance that many instructors simply haven’t heard of or even considered the existence of a science of reading.

The importance of understanding the science of reading is paramount for teachers who want to help their students achieve new levels of academic and professional success. That being said, and as we’re an organization dedicated to educating educators, we will be releasing this blog series free to the public, so teachers can share and discuss the topics and strategies amongst each other.

Keep an eye on the CLOI blog this March for the Science of Reading!