New teachers leave college with gaps in reading knowledge

A disconnect exists between how teachers are prepared and what they need to successfully teach reading in the classroom.

That was a top takeaway from a panel I moderated on quality instruction at a daylong reading summit in Boise Friday sponsored in part by Idaho Education for Business, a group of 85 Idaho corporate leaders.

Teachers enter the classroom without understanding the structure of the English language or the psychology behind reading, some of the panelists in my group said.

Panelists, including education administrators and reading experts, say there must be a common framework between colleges of education and K-12 education to make certain they are aligned so that professional development for instructors will have an impact in the classroom.

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