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Resources related to Source Reliability/Checking Sources - TeachersFirst

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As educators, we must teach our students how to make sure the resources they are using are reliable. This collection includes information and resources related to checking sources and...more
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As educators, we must teach our students how to make sure the resources they are using are reliable. This collection includes information and resources related to checking sources and determining if a source is reliable and credible.

tag(s): media literacy (87), Research (61)

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Resources related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - TeachersFirst

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If you are not familiar with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), learn about them through the resources in this collection. The SDGs are the 17 global goals adopted by the ...more
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If you are not familiar with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), learn about them through the resources in this collection. The SDGs are the 17 global goals adopted by the United Nations designed to be a blueprint for achieving a more sustainable future for all. In this collection, you will find helpful information about the SDGs and web resources to help you to teach the SDGs in your lessons. There are resources included for all grade levels.

tag(s): climate (78), energy (127), recycling (46), sustainability (13), water (98)

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Help to deepen your students' understanding (and your own) of the Sustainable Development Goals. Share these resources with your colleagues and students by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter. Find resources to incorporate into your lessons.

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Curation Resources - TeachersFirst

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Discover resources in this collection for your students to use to curate resources. Curation means selecting, collecting, organizing, and presenting content. Curating is especially...more
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Discover resources in this collection for your students to use to curate resources. Curation means selecting, collecting, organizing, and presenting content. Curating is especially helpful when researching a topic but always useful to help students to keep information systematically arranged. We have included resources for all grades.

tag(s): curation (28), organizational skills (90), Research (61)

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Share these resources with your students to use when curating materials for projects and lessons. Share a link to this collection on your school web page and in your school newsletter (or email). Find resources to incorporate into your lessons.

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Resources for Student Knowledge Construction - TeachersFirst

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Student knowledge construction is what happens when students go beyond just reproducing what they have learned, but generate their own ideas and demonstrate understanding of what makes...more
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Student knowledge construction is what happens when students go beyond just reproducing what they have learned, but generate their own ideas and demonstrate understanding of what makes the information unique. The skills of knowledge construction range from inferring to analysis to interpretation to synthesis and evaluation. Many of these skills may also be considered "critical thinking." While teaching these skills can be a challenge, finding useful web resources can be simple. Peruse this collection to find resources to use in your lessons for all grade levels to encourage student knowledge construction.

tag(s): critical thinking (104), problem solving (218)

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Find new tools to try to encourage student knowledge construction within your lessons. Each review includes technology integration ideas. Read the details of each tool and find the ones that will make your students become student knowledge constructors.

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23 Crafts and Activities for the Fourth of July - We Are Teachers

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Discover many activities to pick and choose from to observe Independence Day with your students. Not only will these crafts and activities allow students to express their creativity,...more
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Discover many activities to pick and choose from to observe Independence Day with your students. Not only will these crafts and activities allow students to express their creativity, but they will also learn a little about diversity, science, math, and reading. Unfortunately, there are too many activities to list here. Still, a few interesting titles are Create Fireworks in a Jar, Conduct a Baking Soda Science Experiment, Create a Soft Circuit, Write a Patriotic Poem (with the letters of your first name), and plenty more!

tag(s): circuits (18), crafts (42), experiments (53), july 4th (9), reading lists (76), remote learning (48)

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Whether teaching in person in a classroom, using flipped learning, or remote learning (distance learning), you are sure to find the perfect Fourth of July activity to engage your students in any subject. If you are teaching in a classroom, you may want to set up stations for students to rotate through and learn from and enjoy several activities. For remote learning, you can use Unhangout, reviewed here, to set up your stations and have students rotate through them virtually.

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Twitter Chat: Student Knowledge Construction - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Student Knowledge Construction. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: Student Knowledge Construction. During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed knowledge construction as an active process, 2. Explored classroom strategies that allow for student knowledge construction, and 3. Shared tech tools and resources for knowledge construction in the classroom.

tag(s): twitterchatarchive (133)

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Twitter Chat: Fostering Engagement & Creativity - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Fostering Engagement & Creativity During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from June 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is Fostering Engagement & Creativity During this chat, participants: 1. Defined and discussed creativity and engagement in the classroom, 2. Explored strategies for creative and engaging classroom experiences, and 3. Shared tech tools and resources that foster creativity in the classroom.

tag(s): creativity (93), twitterchatarchive (133)

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OK2Ask: 3 Cool Tools for Images - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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When using projects for alternative assessment and feedback, you'll find that students can express themselves more creatively when given tools to share what they have learned. Come to this session to learn about three tools students can use to work with images for their projects. We'll discuss digital citizenship expectations and explore tools that allow students to responsibly repurpose digital resources. You might even find a tool that is useful for your own purposes when creating learning objects! As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the tenets of copyright and digital citizenship that apply to remixing and reusing images. 2. Explore three tools and how each can be used to alter and change images; and 3. Plan for the introduction of creative image tools in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): copyright (43), Creating Media (3), digital citizenship (78), images (247), professional development (286)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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Resources related to the Science of Reading - TeachersFirst

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The Science of Reading (or SOR) refers to an evidence-based reading Instructional strategy that addresses various areas of reading including oral language, phonological awareness, phonics,...more
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The Science of Reading (or SOR) refers to an evidence-based reading Instructional strategy that addresses various areas of reading including oral language, phonological awareness, phonics, spelling, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and more. In this collection, you will find helpful information to learn more about The Science of Reading and web resources to help you to teach using SOR in your lessons.

tag(s): fluency (20), phonics (46), reading comprehension (127), spelling (90), vocabulary (232)

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Help to deepen your students' understanding (and your own) of the Science of Reading. Share these resources with your colleagues and students by emailing the page or sharing the link from your school web page and in your school newsletter. Find resources to incorporate into your reading lessons.

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How to Make Sight Word Instruction and Reading Intervention More Effective - Glean Education and Dr. Katharine Pace Miles

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This podcast shares research-based ideas that provide developmentally appropriate, engaging literacy instruction. Listen to the podcast online or download it for listening at a later...more
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This podcast shares research-based ideas that provide developmentally appropriate, engaging literacy instruction. Listen to the podcast online or download it for listening at a later time. This article also features several key takeaways from the podcast discussion and links to additional resources mentioned during the podcast.

tag(s): fluency (20), literacy (96), phonics (46), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), science of reading (16), sight words (22), vocabulary (232), vocabulary development (86)

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Listen to this podcast to gain further understanding and ideas for enhancing your literacy instruction, including reading intervention strategies. Use a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, to organize and share additional resources. For example, create a collection that includes resources for teaching sight words, another for phonics instruction resources, etc. Use the collaboration feature to share ideas with your peers.

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Ladder of Reading & Writing - Nancy Young

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Crack the code to understand the components of structured literacy using the three printable documents found at the Ladder of Reading & Writing. The first two-page document provides...more
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Crack the code to understand the components of structured literacy using the three printable documents found at the Ladder of Reading & Writing. The first two-page document provides an overview of the progression of structured literacy skills. The second linked document shares a primer on structured literacy terms more about structured literacy. The third document shares information and an infographic demonstrating the interconnectedness of structured literacy's multiple components. Print and use any documents found on this site; however, they may not be changed or modified.

tag(s): literacy (96), professional development (286), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), writing (283)

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Use these documents for professional use to help understand the components of literacy. In addition, these items also provide excellent information to use with parents when discussing their student's literacy journey. For example, use the first document with the literacy ladder to provide perspective during parent/teacher conferences on students' progress toward becoming effortless readers. Finally, share with peers during professional development activities to develop an awareness of structured reading components and assess your current teaching strategies. Use a collaborative tool like Notejoy, reviewed here, to share ideas and plan lessons. Consider sharing literacy terms and strategies with parents on an ongoing basis through your school website or classroom newsletter. Include ideas for parents to incorporate at home to support reading skills.
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Scarborough's Reading Rope: A Groundbreaking Infographic - International Dyslexia Association

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Understand the complexity and many strands woven into becoming a skilled reader using this infographic created by Dr. Hollis Scarborough. The infographic demonstrates the many components...more
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Understand the complexity and many strands woven into becoming a skilled reader using this infographic created by Dr. Hollis Scarborough. The infographic demonstrates the many components required for reading fluency and comprehension by illustrating strands woven together to become a strong rope. The rope is broken into two pieces - comprehension and word recognition to demonstrate further the skills required to become successful readers.

tag(s): fluency (20), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), science of reading (16)

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Bookmark this simple yet effective representation of required reading skills to keep as a reference when reflecting upon your reading curriculum and instructional strategies. Use the strands described in the infographic as a starting point for organizing and curating resources. Consider using a curation tool such as Weje, reviewed here, to gather links, articles, and lessons grouped by the different skills illustrated on the Reading Rope. Use the Reading Rope as a starting point for professional development activities as you and your peers discuss strategies and resources for teaching reading skills. Be sure to share this infographic with parents to help them understand the many components of skills required of successful readers.

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Twitter Chat: The Power of PBL - TeachersFirst

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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Power of PBL. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed the ...more
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This archived Twitter chat is from May 2022 and will open in Wakelet. The title of this chat is: The Power of PBL. During this chat, participants: 1. Discussed the instructional goals of authentic assessments, 2. Shared tech tools and resources for authentic assessment experiences, and 3. Explored strategies for authentically assessing students.

tag(s): assessment (122), Project Based Learning (13), twitterchatarchive (133)

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Find resources and information about project-based learning. Share this chat with your colleagues looking for strategies and resources on project-based learning.

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OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire: Sandpit Strategies - TeachersFirst

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This recording of an OK2Ask online professional learning session is from May 2022. You can register and immediately view the archive of the session.

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Welcome to the Sandpit! This is the place where students design and prototype solutions to authentic problems. Using the right challenges, teachers can facilitate strategies that nurture creativity and allow students to reflect on their learning. Join us as we discuss strategies for prototyping and purposeful play as students work through the design process. As a result of this session, teachers will: 1. Understand the features of a class sandpit space; 2. Explore sandpit activities; and 3. Plan for the use of sandpit practice spaces in the classroom. This session is appropriate for teachers at all technology levels.

tag(s): creativity (93), problem solving (218), professional development (286)

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The archive of this teacher-friendly, hands-on webinar will empower and inspire you to use learning technology in the classroom and for professional productivity. As appropriate, specific classroom examples and ideas have been shared. View the session with a few of your teaching colleagues to find and share new ideas. Find additional information and links to tools at the session resource page. Learn more about OK2Ask and upcoming sessions here.

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The Science of Reading Implementation Guide - EAB District Leadership Forum

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This guide created for principals and district leaders provides an understanding of the science of how the brain learns to read and suggestions for using the toolkit to support and...more
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This guide created for principals and district leaders provides an understanding of the science of how the brain learns to read and suggestions for using the toolkit to support and implement reading reform within districts. The handbook includes building districtwide expertise, cultivating principal advocates to lead reform, providing explicit instruction, and increasing opportunities for observation and feedback. Also included is a nine-part toolkit designed to aid educators in implementing the science of reading teaching practices.

tag(s): literacy (96), phonics (46), professional development (286), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), writing (283)

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Include this guide and your other resources as you learn about the Science of Reading and researched-based reading instruction. Share with administrators and reading coaches in your district. Browse through the guides to find ideas that support and enhance your current curriculum and instruction strategies. Share suggestions found in the guide with parents for at-home support. Share ideas and future planning with peers using a collaborative tool such as Draft, reviewed here. For example, use one of the provided Roadmap templates to map out further professional development discussions or guide the planning and implementation of new teaching strategies during the school year.
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Science of Reading Handbook - Amplify Education, Inc.

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What is the Science of Reading? Learn the fundamentals and history behind reading research and educational application with the three handbooks found on this site. Each user-friendly...more
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What is the Science of Reading? Learn the fundamentals and history behind reading research and educational application with the three handbooks found on this site. Each user-friendly guide provides readers with background knowledge and educational applications using images, graphs, and relatable stories. Handbooks one and two are primers in reading research, while the third handbook focuses on making the shift to teaching in classrooms based upon the science of reading. In addition to the three printable directories, additional resources include links to articles, podcasts, and activities that support understanding how we learn to read.

tag(s): phonics (46), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), vocabulary (232), vocabulary development (86), word study (52)

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Download and save the handbooks shared on this site for professional development and understanding of the science of reading. Share with peers to use PD activities. Consider breaking the guides into smaller portions to begin your in-depth study of this topic and as you reflect upon your current teaching strategies. The third handbook that focuses on classroom instruction is beneficial for use as a reflective and ongoing learning opportunity. Add the questions to ask, found in the third handbook, to a curation tool such as Wakelet, reviewed here, then add teaching resources to your Wakelet collection. For example, one question is, "Are vocabulary words preselected and connected to the topic and text?' " Create a Wakelet collection that includes strategies for teaching how to understand vocabulary words within the context of the passage read. Include online tools such as Read Ahead, reviewed here. Read Ahead uses AI technology to create presentations of online text that present vocabulary lists of the text and provide definitions in context while students read.
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Reading Foundational Skills - PBS Learning Media

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Find various resources for emergent readers and teachers provided by PBS Learning Media. Select content by topics that include fluency, phonics and word recognition, phonological awareness,...more
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Find various resources for emergent readers and teachers provided by PBS Learning Media. Select content by topics that include fluency, phonics and word recognition, phonological awareness, and print concepts. Use filters to narrow information by grade, resource type, or relevance, including the newest additions or most popular items. Choose from various resources, including lesson plans, interactives, videos, and much more.

tag(s): literacy (96), parents (61), phonics (46), preK (238), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16), writing (283)

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Be sure to bookmark and save this site for use when teaching reading skills to students at all grade levels. Although it is beneficial for teachers in elementary grades, the valuable lessons and materials support the teaching of reading skills in all grade levels. Use a bookmarking tool like Symbaloo, reviewed here, to share resources with students to use at computer centers or share at-home activities with parents. Ask students to reflect upon their learning through blog writing using Edublogs, reviewed here. For example, have students include a link or image of the first draft of a writing project and the final document and discuss why and how they made changes. For younger students, include a recording of them reading a short passage, then add a later recording that demonstrates growth in reading skills. You might consider using Flipgrid for this, reviewed here.
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Why Phonological Awareness is Important to Reading - Glean Education

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This podcast includes a 22-minute conversation between Jessica Hamman, the founder of Glean Education, and Melanie Schuele, a leading literacy and speech-language pathology researcher....more
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This podcast includes a 22-minute conversation between Jessica Hamman, the founder of Glean Education, and Melanie Schuele, a leading literacy and speech-language pathology researcher. The discussion focuses on phonological awareness and methods for explicit phonological awareness instruction. Listen to this podcast online, download it to your device, or read and print the available transcript.

tag(s): literacy (96), phonics (46), preK (238), professional development (286), science of reading (16)

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Include this podcast with your other bookmarks and professional development resources for literacy instruction. Share with peers during professional development activities. Use information from this podcast and others to share the research behind literacy instruction methods with parents. Consider adding a short section to your class newsletter or website each month that includes information about literacy research and tips for at-home activities to encourage the practice of literacy skills at home. Find many free books, games, and activities to share with parents at We Read, reviewed here.
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How Our Brains Learn to Read - EAB District Leadership Forum

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Do you know that we use four different areas of our brains to read? This interesting printable document provides visualization and short descriptions of each portion of the brain used...more
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Do you know that we use four different areas of our brains to read? This interesting printable document provides visualization and short descriptions of each portion of the brain used in reading and the role each plays. For example, find the visual cortex to view the location in the brain and understand its role in orthographic processing (the ability to recognize and remember written words and parts of words visually). This document is shared as a PDF file and is ready to print and use for many different purposes.

tag(s): brain (52), literacy (96), professional development (286), reading comprehension (127), reading strategies (67), science of reading (16)

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Save this document as a resource for sharing information on reading and literacy with parents. Consider adding this printable and additional PDF documents to create a digital book using Flipsnack, reviewed here. Include basic information on different literacy elements and suggestions for at-home activities for parents in your digital book. Flipsnack's free plan allows you to create three books that include up to 30 pages each.
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30 Science of Reading Resources - Erica Suarez

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This helpful list provides various resources for learning about the Science of Reading. Categories divide the information making it easier to browse by type of resource. The categories...more
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This helpful list provides various resources for learning about the Science of Reading. Categories divide the information making it easier to browse by type of resource. The categories include "Must See" resources, infographics, podcasts, and others. Find even more suggestions in the comments below the article.

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This site shares many valuable resources for those new to researching the Science of Reading and those looking to enhance their current knowledge. Organize and save useful resources using a bookmarking tool such as Raindrop.io, reviewed here. Raindrop.io makes it easy to create collections, tags, and filters then store information in an easy-to-find manner. Add collaborators to your collection to share resources with peers for further professional development. As you browse through the many resources shared on this list, take advantage of the features of Webnotes, reviewed here, to add a digital sticky note to any webpage as a reminder of important information found on the site or to add questions for further exploration.

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