Read The Beacon Fall 2021 Issue - Features Themes of Advocating for Science of Reading and Addressing Educational Inequity

The Beacon Fall 2021 journal addresses two main themes—the Science of Reading and educational inequity. The research unequivocally advocates for the Science of Reading as beneficial for all learners. When our leaders trust the science, restructure professional development, and focus on what is best for the students, progress follows. But existing educational systems are not the only challenges that need to be addressed. Inequity exists and affects the most vulnerable learners—Black, Indigenous, and students of color and children with language-based learning disabilities. This issue of The Beacon explores the rich scholarships surrounding both of these themes and presents actionable steps to increase childhood literacy rates.

Feature stories inside The Beacon Fall 2021 include:

  • Featured Research Publication - "To Stem the Nation's Reading Crisis, Made Worse by COVID-19, Teachers, Districts & States Must Push Multiple Levers" by Emily Solari, PhD
  • Ask an Expert - "The Magic of Mississippi's Literacy Change," a Q&A with Kristen Wynn
  • Head Lines - "Through the Looking Glass: Examining Data to Inform Instruction" by Jamie Williamson, EdS, Head of The Windward School
  • Intersecting Research with Classroom Practice - "School Leaders: The Key to High-Quality Reading Instruction" by Danielle Scorrano, Research & Development Director of The Windward Institute
  • Inside the Institute - "Disrupting the Educational Status Quo: Advocating for Scientifically Based Reading Instruction" by John J. Russell, EdD, Special Projects Advisor at The Windward Institute
  • Q&A with Inspiring Leaders in the World of Dyslexia - Shawn Anthony Robinson, PhD, Doctor Dyslexia Dude
  • Turning the Tide - "Bidialectal Bridges: Addressing the Need for Inclusionary Language Instruction" by Annie Stutzman, MS, Associate Director of The Windward Institute
  • Research Roundup - "The Role of Implicit Bias: Dyslexia Diagnosis and Race" by Resha Conroy, Dyslexia Alliance for Black Children Founder