Welcome to Literacy

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Reading is not only a core academic subject, but also a core life subject. More than any other single skill, the ability to read and read well allows a child to succeed in school, learn about the world, function in society, and someday have decent job options. As educators it is our job to promote literacy through effective practices in reading,writing, speaking, and listening. While up to 30% of students in school have significant difficulties learning to read, most students with disabilities face even greater challenges. Students with specific learning disabilities and other language-based disorders often have, as the hallmark of their disability, great difficulty learning to read. Students with sensory or processing deficits may be unable to adequately access the visual and auditory codes necessary to read. However, regardless of the etiology of reading difficulty, most students can learn to read given an appropriate systematic reading curriculum.

  • Mar07

    Practice Makes Perfect!

    Like everything we do, proficiency requires skills and practice. Read on to learn what skills our students need and see some ways to develop them.

  • Feb01

    PaTTAN Literacy Symposium to Feature Scarborough’s Reading Rope

    The PaTTAN Literacy Symposium, being held at PaTTAN Harrisburg from June 13-15, 2018, is the foremost literacy professional learning event for Pennsylvania educators. Read more about it in this blog.

  • Jan12

    Sight Word Learning and Orthographic Mapping

    This article will explain orthographic mapping and it’s relevance to sight vocabulary and comprehension. It will also provide links to several evidenced-based programs that have been shown to produce results and enhance reading outcomes.

  • Nov30

    Do the Write Thing!

    It may seem that writing by hand is merely a simple physical movement, however it has been shown to be directly related to improving many skills in reading, writing, and thinking.

  • Nov16

    Sound Walls vs Word Walls- What’s the Difference?

    This article explains the difference between Word Walls and Sound Walls, and gives reasons why the Sound Wall is a better tool to help students build accuracy and fluency with both decoding and encoding.

  • Nov03

    Why Calculate Rate of Improvement?

    Rate of improvement is a powerful tool to help us make those important instructional decisions throughout the school year so that we ensure that our students meet reading goals. This article explains what ROI is, how and how often it is used, and where to fond resources to aid you in the process of determining ROI for your students.

  • Sep05

    Alphabet Knowledge: Why Take the Time to Teach Letter Names?

    In this blog you’ll find some tips and resources for application of alphabet knowledge in the classroom.

  • Aug01

    PaTTAN’s Statewide Writing Cohort Series: Implementation of Evidence-Based Macro and Micro-Level Writing Practices

    Writing skills help determine success in employment and advancement. PaTTAN’s MTSS writing cohorts gain valuable resources in evidence-based practices for teaching writing to help their students improve those skills.

  • Jun19

    Let’s Talk: Engaging Students in High Level Dialogue

    This article focuses on Standard 5 of the PA Core Standards for English Language Arts – Speaking and Listening – by introducing you to Socratic seminar. Read about what it is, find examples of lesson plans, and watch a video of one teacher who has seen the success of Socratic seminar in her high school classroom.

  • May26

    Selecting Appropriate Text for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

    This article offers guidelines and suggests resources for selecting appropriate text for students with significant cognitive disabilities so that they may access and meaningfully participate in grade-appropriate instruction within the general education curriculum.


  • Pam Kastner
    Reading, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
  • Dawn Durham
    Reading, Paraprofessionals, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
  • Andra Bell
    Reading, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
  • Wendy Farone
    Reading, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
  • Marianne Dudek
    Reading, Mathematics, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
  • Jeanie Hertzler
    Reading, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
  • Mindy Bramer
    Reading, Paraprofessionals, English Learners
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