Recently, I began working with six Spanish-speaking students in fourth and fifth grade who didn’t know English. In less than two months, they had begun not just reading, but understanding what they read. There’s no secret to how we did it. My students put in the work, and I offered them instruction based in the science of reading, which is effective for all students, not just those who are learning English or in need of additional support.
In fact, the science of reading is simply the best research available into how students learn to read. As an academic coach, I’ve been working with teachers inSuwanee County School Districtfor years to deliver foundational literacy instruction. Here’s the why and how behind our adoption of the science of reading.