Children are usually expected to acquire basic reading skills in the first through third grades. But to get the most out of reading instruction in those years, and to develop reading fluency in later years, children need to be prepared with critical early literacy skills: good listening and speaking skills, familiarity with language structures, age-appropriate vocabulary, and attention skills. How can you help children develop these skills so that they have the foundation they need to master reading?

Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change your Life

I'm excited to announce that my brand new book Soft-Wired is now out and available in paperback or Kindle format. This book was a labor of love, and it took me many years and many iterations to say exactly what...
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Educating America’s Children in the 21st Century

As the Superintendent of Schools in Lawrence, Massachusetts for the past six years, Dr. Wilfredo T. Laboy has set an outstanding example of what one educator dedicated to change and success can do in a short period of time. Upon...
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A Conversation with John Bruer

In the opening pages of his recent book, The Myth of the First Three Years—A New Understanding of Early Brain Development and Lifelong Learning, John Bruer recalls a 1996 phone call he received from a journalist at a national parenting...
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