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Ray Reutzel, Ph.D. is the Dean of the College of Education at the University of Wyoming and President of the Reading Hall of Fame. Ray is the author of more than 225 published research reports, articles, books, book chapters, and monographs in reading, early literacy, and early childhood education. His research on early literacy in Grades K–3 earned him a Special Recognition Award for Lifetime Contributions to Literacy in Utah. Ray is also a member of the i-Ready® Technical Advisory Committee.
Research shows that young children must develop phonological and phonemic awareness to learn how to read proficiently. Here, Dr. Ray Reutzel shares tips and best practices that will help teachers build these important skills in their classrooms.
Much confusion surrounds the idea of close reading. Here, we explain how school administrators and literacy coaches can work together to support teachers in implementing close reading embedded in standards-based reading instruction.
Close reading is an essential skill for college and career readiness and meeting the state standards. Instructional best practices enable educators to teach close reading effectively and help students get the most out of texts.