Fleming talks about teachers’ need for training in reading instruction

Professor Jane Fleming spoke to Education Week about efforts to help children who read significantly below grade level by third grade.

These students continue to struggle in school, facing a much higher likelihood of dropping out in later years. States are now implementing a variety of practices to identify reading problems before they become permanent, including teacher training.

Fleming notes that most teachers often receive little specified training in reading instruction, and so “we end up doing a lot of professional development on the in-service side.”

Fleming is the professional development coordinator for Erikson’s New Schools Project, which partners with Chicago Public Schools to promote educational excellence in prekindergarten through 3rd grade.

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