Our vision to align practice with the Science of Reading is as follows:
- Invest in knowledge-building for all educators, first and foremost.
- Anchor reading instruction in the scientific evidence base.
- Abandon practices that lack evidence of effectiveness for all learners.
Science of Reading Video Series
Maryanne Wolf – The Science of Reading Works to Improve Student’s Lives
“Literacy changes our brains, and that changes the lives and trajectory of an individual, which changes a society, which changes the future of our species.”
The science of reading not only improves literacy outcomes for students, it also empowers educators and helps them achieve goals. Hear more from our community on how these practices have changed their teaching experiences for the better.
Lyncourt School District Shares Success
Amy Rotundo shares her success story with The Reading League and the science of reading in the Lyncourt School District.
Dr. Mark Seidenberg Shares What Has Prevented Change in Schools
“The disconnect between education and science has been detrimental to both students and educators,” says professor and researcher Dr. Mark Seidenberg. “When more programs embrace the Science of Reading, we will see better outcomes for students, educators, school districts, and society.”
The Reading League’s Calls to Action
While our priority is supporting educators, The Reading League knows that to reach our goal they can’t do it alone. The Science of Reading aims to build a community of diverse stakeholders to empower educators to better support learners.
We call on educators to embrace opportunities to learn about the Science of Reading, reflect upon their practice, and challenge approaches to reading instruction that are not aligned with the research evidence.
We call on school administrators and school boards to prioritize professional development on the Science of Reading, for themselves and for educators, and to adopt evidence-aligned assessment and instructional practices.
We call on schools of education to align coursework with the Science of Reading and to foster interdisciplinary collaboration between professors of education and cognitive psychology, neuroscience, speech and language studies, and linguistics.
We call on curriculum publishers and professional learning providers to cease promoting products that are not aligned with the Science of Reading.
We call on policymakers to develop policy solutions that prioritize the acquisition and application of the Science of Reading in schools, and ensure that they are supported by realistic timelines and resources.
We call on parents to advocate for the value of evidence-aligned reading instruction for their children.