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By Dr. Leslie Haas and Dr. Jill Tussey

Fluency can be supported in many ways in and out of the classroom environment. As there are many elements of fluency, it is important for educators to focus on more than rate. The International Literacy Association (2018) states that “most definitions of reading fluency include three observable and measurable components: accuracy, rate, and expression” (para. 3). Supporting students in all three areas of literacy is key for educators to help students become fluent readers. Goal setting can be embedded in fluency instruction to help students focus on continuous improvement.

Elias (2019) shares that “having communal, whole-class conversations about goal-setting creates…


Illiteracy impacts economic, social, and health at both an individual and societal level.

By Amanda Low and Nicola Miranda from World Literacy Foundation

Around 1 in 5 people are completely illiterate. Additionally, around 3 billion people worldwide struggle with basic level reading and writing (World Literacy Foundation [WLF], 2018). Illiteracy impacts economic, social, and health at both an individual and societal level.

Economic Impact

The World Literacy Foundation (2018) reported that illiteracy and low levels of literacy have estimated to cost the global economy approximately £800 billion annually. Specifically, in the UK, illiteracy costs their economy around £80 billion in 2018 due to costs associated with welfare, unemployment, and social programs, as well as reduced government tax revenue and productivity.

Furthermore, as the global economy…


According to the United Nations, a massive 94% of the world´s student population has been affected by COVID-19, with low to middle-income countries hardest hit. Many, including educators, are using technology to adapt to our new reality. One solution is EdTech which is changing education in Latin America.

EdTech is short for education and technology, where hardware or software and educational theory are combined to facilitate learning. The growing application of EdTech presents both benefits and challenges as we apply it to help children learn.

5 benefits of EdTech you did not know

Technology has the power to transform education at a low cost. It can help bring…


By Dr. Jill T. Tussey and Dr. Leslie Haas

Education continues to evolve and grow while the goal to help students become strong readers remains constant. Early childhood classrooms provide learners with support and structure to develop life-long literacy and social-emotional skills. There are many ways to naturally embed both literacy and social-emotional learning into the classroom. However, further student development can occur by extending the learning into the home with activities and resources.

Early Childhood Literacy

While many adults may view literacy development as something that starts when a child enters school, this is not the case. Lazorita (2019) shares that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children with parents…


Computers and the internet have become powerful tools for improving the way we do almost everything in our daily lives. From communication to entertainment and, perhaps most importantly, education. The increasing popularity of digital learning is a reality that we all need to embrace.

Benefits of Digital Learning

1. Personalized learning

During Covid-19, technology has become more important than ever in the education sector. According to UNESCO, in 2020, more than 1.2 billion students were affected by school closures in 190 countries. Nevertheless, EdTech solutions have assisted in the shift from traditional classes to at-home learning.

Educators can design the curriculum based on the needs of each…


By Dr. Leslie Haas and Dr. Jill Tussey

Language Experience is an educational approach associated with student experiences expressed through reading, writing, listening, and speaking (Hall, 1970). Student artifacts are then used as instructional supports for literacy development. This traditional academic approach is uniquely personalized and has a strong foundation for reinvention by moving outside the academic setting to support student learning as they consume, create, and share literacy experiences in a variety of digital formats. These formats embrace a variety of learning styles and can be both collaborative and independent while highlighting student literacy encounters and expressions based on popular culture. These may include fanfiction, movies, podcasts…

World Literacy Summit

Advocating, championing and educating on the vital importance of improving literacy across the globe. Learn more about us: https://www.worldliteracysummit.org/

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