Resources

Resources for Teaching Reading

This page is devoted to resources recommended by Sylvia Keepers as especially helpful to tutors and homeschool parents teaching kids reading. If you have any specific favorites of your own that you believe would make a contribution, please contact Sylvia and give her the link and a description of the resource.

Publications and Articles

How Children Learn to Read
by Maria Kinnikova, The New Yorker,

Extracts

How do we learn to translate abstract symbols into meaningful sounds in the first place, and why are some children better at it than others?

This is the mystery that has animated the work of Fumiko Hoeft, a cognitive neuroscientist and psychiatrist currently at the University of California, San Francisco. “You know where the color of your eyes came from, your facial features, your hair, your height. Maybe even your personality—I’m stubborn like mom, sloppy like dad,” Hoeft says. “But what we’re trying to do is find out, by looking at brain networks and accounting for everything in the environment, is where your reading ability originates.”

Nudges That Help Struggling Students Succeed
by David L. Kirp,The New York Times, October 29, 2016. Kirp is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, a senior fellow at the Learning Policy Institute and a contributing opinion writer.

Extracts

In scores of rigorously conducted studies, social psychologists have demonstrated that brief experiences can have a powerful and long-lasting impact on students’ academic futures by changing their mind-sets before they get to college.

Why should brief interventions carry so much punch when more intricate and costly strategies — everything from summer school to single-sex education — are often less effective?

These interventions focus on how kids, hunched over their desks in the back of the classroom, make sense of themselves and their environment. They can be brief but powerful because they concentrate on a single core belief.

Teaching methods go from lab to classroom
Researchers are testing approaches to make learning stick
By Susan Gaidos, Science News, September 5, 2017

Extracts

The science behind student learning is so far based on carefully controlled studies, primarily with college students. Do the same approaches work with younger students? Will they work in a classroom of 25 or 30 kids of varying abilities?

The Unexpected Value of the Liberal Arts
First-generation students are finding personal and professional fulfillment in the humanities and social sciences.
By George Anders, The Atlantic, August 1, 2017

Extracts

A close look at the career trajectories of liberal-arts graduates highlights five factors—beyond traditional classroom academics—that can spur long-term success for anyone from a non-elite background. Strong support from a faculty mentor is a powerful early propellant.

Other positive factors include a commitment to keep learning after college; a willingness to move to major U.S. job hubs such as Seattle, Silicon Valley, or the greater Washington, D.C., area; and the audacity to dream big. Finally, students who enter college without well-connected relatives—the sorts who can tell you what classes to take or how to win a choice summer internship—benefit from programs designed to build up professional networks and social capital.

Organizations

IndieEd

IndieEd is a resource for Boulder County area parents who are seeking private educational and psychological support for their children. IndieEd interviews all resource providers before referring them to families.

Consistent professional development and increased familiarity among local professionals will lead to an increase in the quality of client services. Of all the potential beneficiaries of such a group, the children of the Boulder area will undoubtedly benefit most.