Volume 5, Issue 2

Literacy, Spring 2013BetterSpring13cover_website

An important next step in the process of evidence-based reform is the presentation of the lessons of research in a way that makes it accessible to practitioners. Supporting practitioners in finding more about what research tells us, and then applying it effectively in their own schools, is the vital next step. We hope that Better continues to be an important tool for this. In this issue, we look at some exciting developments in literacy research. Authors from the US and UK look at issues as diverse as technology, conversation, the impact of the summer break, and the use of volunteers or peers as tutors.

4–5So what has technology got to do with learning grammar?Mary Sheard
6–7Reading in the digital Wild WestMichael Levine and Lisa Guernsey
8–9Improving children’s language skills through
classroom conversations
Sonia Cabell and Laura Justice
10–11The summer reading setbackRichard Allington and
Anne McGill-Franzen
12–13Improving reading skills through volunteer
Sarah Miller
14–15Designing literacy programs for
preschool children
Laura Justice and Jill Pentimonti
16–17Using peer tutoring to improve readingAllen Thurston
18–19Is repeating a year the solution for
struggling readers?
Robert Slavin
20–21Evidence in the news
22–23The latest research