Literacy

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Literacy Strategies: Q&A with Expert Jennifer Serravallo

By Jennifer Gunn December 26, 2018

The state of literacy in the U.S. is undoubtedly alarming with over 36 million adults unable to read, write, or do math above a third-grade level. But with the advent and expansion of technology, literacy instruction is certainly evolving. Literacy expert Jennifer Serravallo is the author of such bestsellers as The Reading Strategies Book and she helps educators navigate this… Read More

How Graphic Novels Help Students Develop Critical Skills

By Sarah Knutson October 23, 2018

When novels burst onto the literary scene in the 18th century with Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, they presented something truly new: the idea that a common person and his pursuits could matter. This concept shattered the notion that books needed to focus on high-minded ideals and individuals of high social value. Nearly a quarter of… Read More

STEM and STEAM Books For Teachers, Teens, and Kids

By The Room 241 Team October 13, 2018

We know there are many benefits to teaching STEAM lessons and activities, but sometimes it’s hard to know which STEM- or STEAM-related book to check out for lesson planning when there are hundreds to choose from. So we scoured the market for the best STEM and STEAM books to help streamline the process, and we’ve… Read More

English Teachers: How You Can Use STEAM in Your Classroom

By Jennifer Gunn October 4, 2018

The advent and expansion of STEAM doesn’t mean a movement away from language arts. On the contrary, scientists, engineers, technologists, artists, and mathematicians all need literacy skills, an appreciation and understanding of the human experience, and strong writing abilities. English language arts doesn’t sit apart from STEAM. In fact, the two fit nicely together, building… Read More

The Lifelong Impact of Illiteracy

By Jennifer Gunn September 18, 2018

Literacy deeply and persistently impacts access to education, economic development, and life outcomes. Even in our modern world, the numbers are startling. Millions — around the world and in our own country — remain functionally illiterate, reading below the basic level. The International Literacy Association views “literacy as the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create,… Read More

Strategies for Determining Importance in Nonfiction Texts

By Jennifer Gunn September 12, 2018

The skill of determining importance in a nonfiction text is an area in which students of all ages often struggle. For emerging readers, it can require so much attention to merely get through reading a nonfiction text, that it’s easy not to process what the text actually says, much less pull out the important details… Read More

Why Kids and Teens Need Diverse Books and Our Recommended Reads

By The Room 241 Team September 8, 2018

Think back to your middle or high school English class and the books you read. Great Gatsby? Lord of the Flies? Maybe 1984 or Les Misérables? While those are all important works, the literary canon has long been dominated by white authors, white perspectives, white characters — and those voices are often male. There are so… Read More

As a first generation college student, Casmore learned at an early age how important and valuable it was to obtain a quality education. Read on to discover how he’s instilled those same values in his homeless students, and how earning his MEd has better equipped him to help them complete their degrees. How important was… Read More

10 Online Professional Learning Resources to Use This Summer

By The Room 241 Team July 12, 2018

Updated May 15, 2019 Summer is when teachers have more breathing room for professional development. While many attend conferences and take classes in person during the summer, there are tons of online opportunities — and many are free! Here are some stay-at-home professional learning resources for summer that you can check out in your pajamas… Read More

Thinking of enrolling in Concordia University-Portland’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist program? We thought we’d give you a closer look at one of the concentration courses in this program: EDRD 551 – Diagnosis and Assessment of Reading. To dive into the details, we talked to Carrie Kondor, Associate Professor and Reading Endorsement Chair…. Read More

Understanding Literacy Difficulties vs. Disabilities

By Alisa Bates, PhD June 29, 2018

The United States is facing a literacy crisis. According to ProLiteracy, more than 36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third grade level. The One World Literacy Foundation has found that two thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade will… Read More

Crisis Point: The State of Literacy in America

By The Room 241 Team March 5, 2018

The United States is facing a literacy crisis. Yes, crisis. It isn’t new, but its impacts upon our kids, our economy, and our society are far-reaching and expanding. How bad is it? Take a look at some numbers. More than 30 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a… Read More

Book Flood: More Books, Stronger Readers

By Jennifer Gunn March 2, 2018

It’s seems obvious, right? If students have increased access to a diverse and abundant selection of books, they’ll be more likely to discover something they like and read more. And yet, many of our nation’s children lack access to books at home and have lackluster classroom libraries. Providing a bounty of books for students is… Read More

The holiday season is truly magical when we set aside time to focus on the joy and wonder of the world. Families and friends gather, spread the cheer, and and indulge in traditions. It’s a time when adults have an easier time viewing the world through the eyes of the children that we have been… Read More

Teaching a student to read and helping them succeed looks easy in the movies. There’s a struggling student, a montage where the teacher helps the student, and then miraculously that student can read and they’re successful in every way. As educators, we know that so much more goes into literacy and how exactly we help… Read More