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  • The 3 Different Types of Assessment in Education

    The 3 Different Types of Assessment in Education

    There are three different types of assessments in education that serve different purposes depending on when they are administered: diagnostic, formative, and summative.

    Dr. Julie Miles
    Senior Vice President, Learning Sciences

    May 20, 2022

  • Reading Teaching Strategies for Students with Dyslexia

    Reading Teaching Strategies for Students with Dyslexia

    Discover evidence-based strategies to help improve the reading skills of students with dyslexia so they can achieve school success.

    Renee Behring
    Education Research Director, Core Literacy & Early Learning

    April 12, 2022

  • Teaching Foundational Reading Skills

    Teaching Foundational Reading Skills

    Teaching foundational reading skills is one of the most important goals of early grade and reading intervention teachers. Learn more about the key foundational reading skills and other literacy skills students need to become proficient.

    Renee Behring
    Education Research Director, Core Literacy & Early Learning

    March 25, 2022

  • Formative Reading Assessment & Usable Data

    Formative Reading Assessment & Usable Data

    Formative reading assessments measure what students have learned so far—and the data help inform teachers’ instruction.

    Francie Alexander
    Chief Research Officer, HMH

    January 28, 2022

  • 8 Elements of Reading & Literacy Instruction

    8 Elements of Reading & Literacy Instruction

    These eight elements of reading and literacy instruction can serve as the foundation of an effective literacy program.

    Francie Alexander
    Chief Research Officer, HMH

    January 04, 2022

  • What Is the Science of Reading? Top 5 Questions

    What Is the Science of Reading? Top 5 Questions

    HMH's research team answers commonly asked questions about the science of reading to help educators apply its principles in their classrooms.

    Renee Behring
    Education Research Director, Core Literacy & Early Learning

    December 13, 2021

  • What Is Structured Literacy?

    What Is Structured Literacy?

    Get the answers to commonly asked questions like, "What is structured literacy and how can I implement the approach?"

    Renee Behring
    Education Research Director, Core Literacy & Early Learning

    December 08, 2021

  • Building Respect for Teachers: What Can Be Done?

    Building Respect for Teachers: What Can Be Done?

    Our latest Educator Confidence Report shows many teachers don't feel that respect for the profession has increased in the last year, after feeling an initial surge of appreciation at the start of the pandemic. Here’s what can be done.

    Brenda Iasevoli
    Shaped Editor

    November 04, 2021

  • Research Insights: Online and Blended Coaching

    Research Insights: Online and Blended Coaching

    Research suggests that online coaching has several strengths, including lowering costs while increasing scalability, which makes it overall effective.

    Dr. Grant Atkins
    Education Research Director, Professional Services

    October 28, 2021

  • The New Era of Education Is High-Tech and High-Touch

    The New Era of Education Is High-Tech and High-Touch

    We can recover and transition into a new post-pandemic instructional model that fuses the power of technology with the tried-and-true social gathering of the classroom.

    John "Jack" Lynch
    President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director, HMH

    October 06, 2021

  • Structuring the Literacy Block

    Structuring the Literacy Block

    The most productive, balanced literacy block schedules include various reading and writing activities and instruction to help build foundational skills.

    Francie Alexander
    Chief Research Officer, HMH

    October 04, 2021

  • What Is Oral Reading Fluency?

    What Is Oral Reading Fluency?

    This article answers the question, what is oral reading fluency? It provides fluency teaching strategies after defining fluency and explaining why it's important.

    Dr. Amy Endo
    Education Research Director, Supplemental & Intervention Language & Literacy

    July 20, 2021

  • Optimizing Literacy Instruction with Oral Reading Fluency Assessments

    Optimizing Literacy Instruction with Oral Reading Fluency Assessments

    Providing an oral reading fluency assessment is an important part of not just providing oral reading fluency instruction but measuring growth and ensuring effective instruction.

    Dr. Amy Endo
    Education Research Director, Supplemental & Intervention Language & Literacy

    July 20, 2021

  • The Benefits of Independent Reading in the Classroom

    The Benefits of Independent Reading in the Classroom

    There are various benefits of independent reading, including improving your students’ fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. Read more about how you can empower your students to become lifelong readers by providing an independent reading library.

    Shaped Staff

    July 12, 2021

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