Colorado Board Of Education Limits Exceptions To Rule Requiring Teacher Training On Reading Instruction

The Colorado State Board of Education doesn’t plan to give school districts extra time to comply with a new rule requiring early elementary teachers to receive 45 hours of training on how to teach reading.

While the board acknowledged individual teachers facing extraordinary hardship may receive extensions, it generally agreed that schools or districts should not receive waivers from the existing timeline, as some district leaders or education groups have suggested.

The decision to limit extensions and waivers, backed by most of the board’s seven members at Thursday’s meeting, spotlights the board’s tendency to hold fast to efforts aimed at boosting the number of Colorado children who can read well by the end of third grade.

Last spring, the State board refused to shorten the 45-hour training length as some education groups had sought, and in July, it resisted a push to delay fall reading assessments for early elementary students

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Virtual Story School helps Tucson kids develop early reading skills | schools

Just like Make Way for Books’ superhero Paula Palabras grows strong by learning words, so too do your kids. 

Families who sign up for the local nonprofit’s Virtual Story School (which has both English and Spanish options) will meet Paula Palabras and develop skills to promote language development and literacy at home. “Palabras” means “words” in Spanish.  

“The goal of the program is to have children fall in love with books and develop emergent literarcy skills so they go on to become great readers,” says Make Way for Books CEO Jenny Volpe. “And parents also gain confidence and skills to support their child.” 

Virtual Story School is an adaptation — albeit with multiple new components — of an in-person program for kids ages 3-5. For 10 weeks, a parent and child meet weekly with a family literacy specialist over Zoom in a cohort of eight families. Then, throughout the week,

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This Google app improved reading skills of kids in India

New Delhi: Google said on Tuesday that its Read Along app, which was first launched in India as Bolo in 2018, has been found to improve reading abilities of children in the country.

In an assessment conducted by an independent partner comprising over 3,500 students in three languages and across five states in India, 40 per cent more students who used Read Along saw an improvement of one or more reading levels as compared to students not using the app, Google said.

The study, published by Sattva Consulting this month, revealed that while ‘Read Along’ helps in imparting reading fluency to learners, it also enables development of foundational competencies of Letter and word recognition.

The extent of this development depends on the level of engagement of the learner with the app, showed the results.

“Our internal analysis shows that after reading 100 mins on the app, beginner readers (those who

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