WI Faculty Ken Pugh and Fumiko Hoeft Receive Funding from The National Science Foundation

The new research that will be conducted by Dr. Pugh and Dr. Hoeft at Haskins Laboratories will try to measure both the negative impact on reading caused by widespread school closures and whether the use of remote learning tools can reduce ill effects on young students.

Congratulations to The Windward Institute faculty members Ken Pugh, PhD, and Fumiko Hoeft, PhD, who received funding from The National Science Foundation to measure the loss of student reading skills due to COVID-19.

Educators are already familiar with the concept of "summer slide," or how the reading skills of children from kindergarten and second grade regress about a full month before they return to the classroom. The new research that will be conducted by Dr. Pugh and Dr. Hoeft at Haskins Laboratories will try to measure both the negative impact on reading caused by widespread school closures and whether the use of remote learning tools can reduce ill effects on young students, particularly those from underserved communities or with special needs.

The new study involving 100 educators will measure reading levels of about 2,000 K-2 students and compare them with baseline data of their pre-pandemic levels collected by the school districts. These students will be provided access to a reading program, GraphoLearn, in which students are encouraged to play reading-related games 20 minutes per day, five days a week for 12 weeks.

Read more from the Yale University press release here.