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Podcast: Jennifer Serravallo in Conversation with Wiley Blevins

Jen and Wiley have a conversation about the complex nature of education, reading and phonics instruction, and the pitfalls of all-or-nothing thinking.  (continue reading)

Developmentally Responsive Phonics Instruction: A Research-Based Approach

Recently, I was talking to a group of primary grade teachers after finishing a workshop. They were all very conscientious, but they were also frightened, angry, and distracted by the tenor of recent conversations about phonics  (continue reading)

On the Podcast: A Word on Phonics with Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

On this episode of The Heinemann Podcast, Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell to discuss why Phonics is a critical part of a cohesive literacy system.  (continue reading)

What To Do In A Phonics Lesson:  5 Research-Based Essentials

Evidence has converged on several important elements of a phonics lesson. Here are 5 research-based essential parts of a phonics lesson.  (continue reading)

The Principles Behind the Units of Study in Phonics (Part 3)

This excerpt from A Guide to the Phonics Units of Study focuses on the importance of high engagement and supporting all members of a learning community.  (continue reading)

The Guiding Principles Behind the Units of Study in Phonics (Part 2)

This week we discuss two of the guiding principles of the Units of Study in Phonics: 1) a lean, efficient curriculum, and 2) going beyond item knowledge.  (continue reading)

The Guiding Principles Behind the Units of Study in Phonics (Part 1)

The following excerpt from the Guide describes 2 of the principles behind the phonics units: teaching for transfer and building on the research of experts.  (continue reading)

On the Podcast: Letter Lessons and First Words with Heidi Anne Mesmer

How does phonics effectively fit within daily classroom instruction? Today on the podcast, we’re joined by author Heidi Anne Mesmer  (continue reading)

What Can Marie Kondo Teach Us About Phonics Instruction?

In addition to using clear language and providing helpful feedback, teachers should be mindful of extra talk in their lessons.  (continue reading)

What We Have Learned (so far) from Teaching the Phonics Units of Study

The TCRWP phonics team has been observing and collecting data as teachers have gotten the phonics units off and going. This feedback will inform the ongoing phonics work, including the development of the second grade series.  (continue reading)

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