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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop. C. May, Scientific American, 2014.

Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away. NPR. 2016.

Babbles to Books: Building Language and Early Literacy Skills through a Toddler-Parent Playgroup. Caitlin Imgrund, Carol Tessel. American Speech Language Hearing Association. 2021.

Behavioral Optometry and Irlen Lenses to Resolve Reading Problems by Kerry Hempenstall. Perspectives in Language.

Building Growth Mindset in the Classroom: Assignments From Carol Dweck. Sarah D. Sparks. Inside School Research, Education Week. 2019.

Bridging the Gap Between Science and Poor Reading in America

Can Handwriting Make You Smarter? R.L. Hotz, The Wall Street Journal, 2016.

Connecting Spelling Books to Reading Scores

The difficulty is the point': teaching spoon-fed students how to really read. Tegan Bennett Daylight. The Guardian. 2017.

Do Vision Problems Cause Dyslexia? The Southport Collab, Florida Center for Reading Research.

Drawing Is the Fastest, Most Effective Way to Learn, According to New Research. Jessica Stillman. Inc. 2019.

Effective beginning handwriting instruction: multi-modal, consistent format for 2 years, and linked to spelling and composing. V. Berninger, W. Wolf, R.D. Abbott, Springer Publishing, 2016.

Enhancing the Note-Taking Skills of Students with Mild Disabilities. Joseph R. Boyle. LD Online. 2001.

Explicit Instruction. A. Archer, C. Hughes, New York: The Guilford Press, 2011.

Explicit Phonics Instruction: It's Not Just for Students With Dyslexia. Kyle Redford. Education Week Teacher. 2019.

Federal First Step Act Includes Sen. Bill Cassidy’s Provision for Screening Inmates for Dyslexia. The Livingston Parish News. 2018.

The Gap Between the Science on Kids and Reading, and How It Is Taught

Handwriting in a Modern World: Why It Matter and What To Do About It. William Van Cleave,, 2017.

Handwriting Research: Impact on the Brain and Literacy Development.

Hard Words. Apm Reports. Emily Hanford. 2018.

Here’s How Teachers Can Foil ChatGPT. Markham Heid. The Washington Post. 2022.

How Words Cast Their Spell: Spelling Is an Integral Part of Learning the Language. R. Malatesha Joshi, Rebecca Treiman, Suzanne Carreker, Louisa C. Moats. American Educator. 2008-2009.

Inside the Letterbox: How Literacy Transforms the Human Brain. Stanislas Dehaene, Ph.D. Cerebrum. 2013.

Is Handwriting Casually Related to Learning to Write? Treatment of Handwriting Problems in Beginning Writers. S. Graham, K. Harris, B. Fink, Journal of Educational Psychology, 2000.

Is It Time To Go Back To Basics With Writing Instruction? Katrina Schwartz. Mindshift, KQED News. 2017.

Kindergarten Ready: What Really Matters in Child Development. Podcast by Gene Ouellette.

Knowledge or Comprehension Strategies — What Should We Teach? Shanahan Blog. July 2023.

Landmark Study Finds Better Path to Reading Success

Learning Cursive. D, King, South Carolina: W.V.C.ED, 2014.

Learning From 16th Century Scribes. Mrs. Stevenson’s Classroom Blog. 2016.

Let's Give Them Something to Gestalt About… The Informed SLP, February 2022.

Lousy Spelling—Why Americans Can’t Read or Think Well

Mrs. Steven’s Classroom Blog: Learning from the 16th Century Scribes.

Neural bases of orthographic long-term memory and working memory in dysgraphia. Brenda Rapp, Jeremy Purcell, Argye E. Hillis, Rita Capasso, Gabriele Miceli. Brain: A Journal of Neurology. 2016.

On Climbing a Mountain: Four Ways Not to Deal with Complex Text. June 2023.

Part 1: Writing Foundations: Setting the stage for excellence. A. Archer, August 2015.

The Persistence of Neuromyths in the Educational Settings: A Systematic Review. Torrijos-Muelas, Gonzalez-Villora, Ros

The Powerful Effects of Drawing on Learning. Holly Korbey. Edutopia. 2019.

Print-to-Speech and Speech-to-Print: Mapping Early Literacy. Jeannine Herron. Reading Rockets.

PROOF POINTS: What almost 150 studies say about how to motivate students. Jill Barshay. 2021.

Q & A with Dr. Steven Graham. Reading Rockets. April 4, 2019.

Raising Readers, Writers, and Spellers. A Psychology Today blog by J. Richard Gentry, PhD.

Rethinking How Students with Dyslexia are Taught to Read.

Rewards Are Still Bad News (25 Years Later). Alfie Kohn. The New York Times. 2018.

Shanahan on Literacy Blog

Six Layers of Phonemic Awareness: Improve Students’ Reading Using Their Ears. Really Great Reading Blog.

Strengthening the Mind’s Eye. V. Berninger, Principal, 2012.

Study Suggests Human Brains May be Pre-wired to Recognize Words by ASHA Staff, ASHA Wire January 7, 2021.

Telling isn’t teaching and listening isn’t learning. Roger Titcombe. Roger Titcombe's Learning Matters. 2016.

Ten things you can do to help your child become a better reader. Learning by Design. 2016.

Ten things you can do to help your child become a better speller. Learning by Design. 2016.

Understanding Dysgraphia. International Dyslexia Association.

Want to Improve Children’s Writing? Don’t Neglect Their Handwriting. Steven Graham. American Educator, Winter 2009-2010.

What about the new research that says phonics instruction isn’t very important? Shanahan on Literacy. May 2023.

What Every Teacher Should Know about Phonological Awareness. Joseph K. Torgesen, Department of Psychology, Patricia G. Mathes, Department of Special Education, Florida State University.

What is Phonemic Awareness? Really Great Reading. 2019.

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades? Maria Konnikova. The New York Times. June 2, 2014.

What’s the Difference between Schwa and Wedge? Will Styler. UCSD Computational Social Science Program. 2012.

Written-Language Protection Standards for Handwriting and Keyboarding (Grades PreK-8). 2014.

Why Aren’t Kids Being Tought to Read? Emily Hanford. Hard Words, ARM Reports.

Why Does He Want to Hurt Kindergartners? Shanahan on Literacy. 2015.

Why Does Writing Make Us Smarter? The Huffington Post, February 2018.

Why Problems with Literacy Instruction Go Beyond Phonics. Natalie Wexler. The Hechinger Report. 2022.

Why the green great dragon can't exist. BBC Trending. BBC News. 2016.

The Write Way to Teach Grammar. Lynne Weber. St. Mark’s School of Texas.


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