Reading and literacy are complex. Educators know the best practices are effective practices. Take a look at an educator-developed set of recommendations for supporting reading and literacy.
In Summer 2023, a working group of Massachusetts Teachers Association members collaborated to identify policy and practice recommendations for schools at all levels to support student’s literacy
With growing public discussion of “the science of reading,” a group of MTA members identified what what educators need to implement effective and evidence-based practices that include, but not limited to, phonemic awareness, phonic, decoding, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, handwriting, and composition. Local school districts need the flexibility to identify the reading and literacy curriculum, instructional models and interventions that meet the needs of their students.
Supports shouldn’t end at grade three. Staffing and resources for literacy instruction and interventions need to be included for all grade levels. Students need well-funded libraries that offer print and digital reading materials in English and their primary language to foster a love of reading for pleasure but also to expand their learning across all content areas.
Take a look at our full document below! And let us know in the comments if there are other resources available educators and families to learn more about supporting literacy and language development.