The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), a.k.a. The Nation’s Report Card, recently released the reading scores of grades 4 and 8 students. With comparisons of 2019 versus 2022 scores, figures have significantly dropped across the country.
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October 5 is World Teachers’ Day! Today, we recognize the impact of teachers across the globe and celebrate them for all that they do, including providing quality education to the leaders of tomorrow.
Reading intervention programs can do more than just build literacy skills, but they can reduce the risk of kids dropping out of school, according to the National Dropout Prevention Center.
We cannot deny that struggling readers exist in every grade level; however, there is an obvious disconnect between assessment scores and what parents know. The Nation’s Report Card shows that only about 34% of Grade 4 students are at or above proficient with reading skills.
As we roll into the new school year, we know there’s lots to do before that first day back in the classroom. Some kids may be feeling excited, while others might have the back to school butterflies. So, what’s the best way to be prepared? Check out some tips from us and the Hoot Reading Teacher Network to help your child get ready for the next school year.
This week, the Hoot Reading Community is giving a huge shout out to all teachers! To share how much we appreciate all teachers, our team partnered with Hoot Families to put together this special video for our well-loved educators.
Orange Shirt Day is September 30th in Canada, a time when Canadians are encouraged to wear orange to acknowledge the mistreatment of Indigenous communities historically that has resulted in generational trauma. It is also known as the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
As the new and uncertain back-to-school season is well underway and children are returning to in-person learning, there’s a looming sense of urgency that the educational system needs to do better in this extended schooling crisis. The skills and knowledge gaps that children are experiencing because of the highly interrupted school year continues to weigh heavily on parents. And experts say, these skill gaps may have the greatest impact on the youngest learners, those in the formative years of learning to read.
What a year it has been. Over the pandemic, as offices and schools shifted to operating remotely, we saw a complete shake-up in the way we live our lives. Most parents — ourselves included– found themselves sharing an at-home office with their children, while simultaneously managing their kids’ daily schedules, most notably their kids’ online schooling. As a result, many working parents found it nearly impossible to keep up with the demands of their jobs in addition to the needs of their children at home. Feelings of needing to be ‘always on’ with the invisible boundaries of work and home caused stress and anguish and burnout became a very real thing for working parents.
“The Reality is that each new reader – that is, each child – must build a wholly new reading circuit. Our children can form a very simple circuit for learning to read, and acquire a basic level of decoding, or they can go on to develop highly elaborated reading circuits and add more and more sophisticated intellectual processes over time.”