Pick the Right Textbook
Hundreds of textbooks address reading instruction, but few cover the science accurately and comprehensively. Our reading experts have cataloged these texts, conferring a rating of either ‘acceptable’ or ‘unacceptable,’ to support teacher educators in selecting a single comprehensive textbook or multiple complementary texts to fully cover the science of reading.
Provide opportunities for graded practice
To be sure their teacher candidates enter the classroom ready to teach reading, A+ programs provide plenty of opportunities for candidates to apply their knowledge. Exams, writing assignments, and instructional practice play a critical role in reinforcing lessons from the course.
Lewis-Clark State College
At Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, a two-course series provides a foundation in reading science with an emphasis on practice. Through collaboration across the program, instructors ensure candidates apply what they have learned about reading instruction during their clinical experiences.
...our students have been able to see the concepts we discuss in class used in real-world classrooms. They come back to our classes excited to share what they’ve seen and impressed that what they are learning is ‘real’ and ‘true.’"
At Marshall University in West Virginia, Dr. Mindy Allenger’s two-part course, Reading in the Elementary Grades, provides elementary teacher candidates with a full year of comprehensive instruction emphasizing applied knowledge and differentiated instruction.
How will you teach that information and how will you reach every student?"
Through courses dedicated to reading instruction at the primary and intermediate levels, Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina prepares teacher candidates to make data-informed decisions around reading instruction. A partnership with the local school district ensures opportunities for practice and coaching from reading experts.
Many preservice teachers learned to read without experiencing significant difficulties, so they incorrectly assume that teaching reading will be a simple task."