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How to Lay a Foundation for Reading

Laying a Foundation for Reading whitepaper.

We know that teaching foundational reading skills with best practices improves outcomes. For these best practices to work, however, students must be engaged with their own learning.

In this whitepaper, Dr. Jim Cunningham discusses strategies for teaching phonics and Foundational Skills.


  • Proven best practices for teaching phonics, decoding, and phonemic awareness
  • Tips for overcoming common obstacles against implementing best practices
  • Actionable steps for setting priorities while supporting mastery of phonics and reading growth

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About the Author

Dr. Jim Cunningham

Dr. Jim Cunningham is Professor Emeritus of Literacy Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an elected member of the Reading Hall of Fame.