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Videos – Literacy

Foundational skills to support reading for understanding in kindergarten through 3rd grade

April 26, 2021

This video explains the need for systematic, direct, and explicit instruction in phonemic awareness and phonics and discusses the most effective evidence-based practices for teaching decoding to early readers.


Literacy instruction strategies for success: Multi-tier intervention in primary grades

December 17, 2020

This video discusses the most effective, evidence-based practices for identifying and assisting struggling readers.


It takes a village: How community organizations, schools, and families can work together to support early childhood literacy

October 19, 2020

This documentary, produced in partnership with the Chicago public broadcasting station WTTW, is about how community organizations can support the development of children’s early literacy skills.


Integrating play into literacy instruction: Interview with Tim Shanahan

July 24, 2020

This video features an extended interview with Tim Shanahan, Ph.D., and includes descriptions of research-based recommendations from the What Works Clearinghouse about how to teach literacy to young students.


Integrating play into literacy instruction: Strategies for your classroom

May 13, 2020

This video shows how to implement research-based literacy practices from the What Works Clearinghouse through play-based learning.