America's Embarrassing Reading Crisis: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM COVID
Dr. Lisa Richardson Hassler is extremely proud and excited to share her latest work America's Embarrassing Reading Crisis: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM COVID. It is a guide for educational leaders, teachers, and parents to help make change in the educational system and increase reading fluency in children. The project might have been a lengthy one, but this was one story that really needed to be told.
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An Evaluation of Virtual School's Preparation of Second Grade Students for Third Grade Reading Proficiency
Third-grade reading proficiency is an indicator of future student success in middle school and ninth grade, on-time graduation rates, and career success; however, 44% of third-grade students in one state were not meeting this goal. The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which virtual school in second grade prepared students for third-grade reading achievement. I used a mixed methodology to compare extant data from a state database on third-grade state achievement tests in the area of English Language Arts. Sixty-one second and third-grade teachers completed surveys, and three teachers participated in follow-up interviews. The data from my study demonstrated that third-grade students in virtual school outperformed third-grade students in face-to-face learning environments in reading proficiency by seven percentage points on the State Standards Assessments between the years 2015-2019. These data were in direct contradiction with the data from the teacher survey and interviews. With the results from this study, I made recommendations using Michael G. Moore's theory of transactional distance to improve teacher effectiveness in online instruction to increase student reading achievement.
Family Second Language Acquisition
Family learning takes center stage in all development in a child's beginnings, notwithstanding, language. Therefore, this paper looks into the family as a single support unit in learning a second language as well. Parents, children, siblings, and even grandparents are all important conduits by teaching and learning from each other. This short paper shines a spotlight on how the socioeconomic status of families can be increased through second language acquisition.
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