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February 2016: Literacy Growth of ELLs with LDs

Read Dr. Greg Roberts's summary of a study by Solari et al. (2014) on LD identification among low-SES and ELL students.


December 2015: Improving Reading Comprehension for High School Students with LDs

Read Dr. Sharon Vaughn's summary of a Vaughn et al. (2015) study on reading intervention for students with disabilities and high school retention.


November 2015: Evaluation of RTI Practices for Elementary School Reading

Read Dr. Jack Fletcher's comments on Balu et al. (2015) recent publication on the evaluation of RTI practices.


October 2015: Inference Instruction for Struggling Readers

Read Dr. Amy Barth's summary of Hall's (2015) recent synthesis of intervention research on inference instruction for struggling readers.



August 2015: The Effectiveness of Reading Interventions for ELLs

Read Garrett Roberts' summary of a review by Richards-Tutor et al. (2015) of research on reading interventions with English learners.


July 2015: Behavioural and Cerebral Changes Induced by Reading Acquisition

Read Dr. Jessica Church-Lang's summary of Dehaene, et al. (2015) article on the connection between literacy and visual and speech abilities.


June 2015: Targeting Executive Function to Improve Academic Outcomes

Read Dr. Jeremy Miciak's summary of a review by Jacob & Parkinson (2015) of studies on possible relationships between executive functions and academic achievement.


April 2015: Word and Reader Contributions to Lexical Representation

Read Catherine Jockell's summary of an article by Goodwin, Gilbert, Cho, and Kearns (2014) on the skills middle school students need to read, spell, and understand complex words.


March 2015: Neuroscience and Education: Myths and Messages

Read Dr. Jack M. Fletcher's summary of an article by Howard-Jones (2014) on commonly held misunderstandings about the brain and learning.


February 2015: To Wait in Tier I or Intervene Immediately?

Read Dr. Elizabeth Swanson's summary of a study by Al Otaiba et al. (2014) that compared dynamic and typical RTI approaches.


January 2015: Attention Problems, Disruptive Behavior, and Achievement

Read Dr. Cirino's summary of Claessens, A., & Dowsett, C. (2014) recent article on the relationship between attention, behavior, and acheivement.


December 2014: A Review of Individual Differences in Reading Development

Read Dr. Nancy Scammacca's summary of findings from Pfost, M., Hattie, J., Dörfler, T., & Artelt, C. (2014). Individual differences in reading development: A review of 25 years of empirical research on Matthew effects in reading. Review of Educational Research84, 203–244.


November 2014: A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Spelling Instruction

Read Dr. Amy Barth's summary of findings from Graham, S., & Santangelo, T. (2014). Does spelling instruction make students better spellers, readers, and writers? A meta-analytic review. Reading and Writing27, 1703–1743.


October 2014: Predicting Bullying in Early Elementary Grades

Read Dr. Michael Vaughn's summary of Verlinden, M., Veenstra, R., Ghassabian, A., Jansen, P. W., Hofman, A., Jaddoe, V. W. V., . . . Tiemeier, H. (2014). Executive functioning and nonverbal intelligence as predictors of bullying in early elementary school. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42, 953–966.


September 2014: Early Identification of Reading Difficulties

Read guest author Eunsoo Cho's summary of Boscardin, C. K., Muthén, B., Francis, D. J., & Baker, E. L. (2008) and recommendations for early identification of reading disabilities.


August 2014: Developmental Relations Between Reading and Writing

Read guest author Dr. Yusra Ahmed’s thoughts about the relationship between reading and writing instruction, based on Ahmed, Y., Wagner, R. K., & Lopez, D. (2014). Developmental relations between reading and writing at the word, sentence, and text levels: A latent change score analysis. Journal of Educational Psychology106(2), 419–434.


July 2014: Teacher Consultation and Coaching Within Mental Health Practice

Read Dr. Amie Grills' thoughts about managing students' socioemotional needs, based on Cappella, E., Hamre, B., Kim, H. Y., Henry, D., Frazier, S., Atkins, M., & Schoenwald, S. (2012). Teacher consultation and coaching within mental health practice: Classroom and child effects in urban elementary schools. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 597–610.


June 2014: Neuroscience: The Visual Word Form Area

Read Dr. Jessica Church-Lang's thoughts about the role of the brain in developing reading proficiency, based on Vogel, A. C., Petersen, S. E., & Schlaggar, B. L. (2014). The VWFA: It’s not just for words anymore. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience8(88), 1–10. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2014.00088


May 2014: Using Cognitive and Educational Psychology to Improve Learning

Read Dr. Paul Cirino's thoughts about research-based instructional practices from cognitive and educational psychology, based on Dunlosky, J., Rawson, K. A., Marsh, E. J., Nathan, M. J., & Willingham, D. T. (2013). Improving students’ learning with effective learning techniques: Promising directions from cognitive and educational psychology. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 14(1), 4–58.