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Literacy & Language Resources

Essentials for education professionals and reading specialists

On this page, you’ll find a curated collection of resources on the science of reading and effective literacy instruction. Explore these Brookes blog posts, articles from trusted sources, and expert-led webinars for information and strategies you can rely on.

Blog Posts

RTI and Poor Reader Profiles: Two Big Ideas for Helping Struggling Readers

Louise Spear-Swerling, Ph.D., author of the book The Power of RTI and Reading Profilestalks about two big ideas that can be used in tandem to help your students strengthen their reading skills.


40+ Language & Literacy Interventions for Multilingual Learners

Using interventions that make the most of home languages while promoting English language learning is important, and this post offers 40+ ideas from Special Education Considerations for Multilingual Learners.


12 Essentials for Effective Early Language & Literacy Instruction

From the book Fundamentals of Literacy Instruction & Assessment, Pre-K–6, Second Edition, these evidence-based strategies are effective ways to engage children with words and stories.


Screening & Assessment of Dual language Learners: 4 Essential Resources

Discover 4 helpful, up-to-date resources for accurately evaluating the language development of dual language learners: two recently published books, a new screener, and an assessment.


14 Tips for Nurturing Young Children’s Communication & Language Skills

Adapted from four of our practical resources on early intervention and development, this is a great post to share with families as they prepare young children to be successful communicators and readers.


10 Musts for Teaching Literacy Skills to Students with Significant Disabilities

Adapted from Comprehensive Literacy for All by Karen Erickson & David Koppenhaver, this post identifies 10 success factors for students with significant disabilities learning to read and write.


Teaching Struggling Readers: 8 Steps to Effective Instruction

Learn which lesson components make a difference for struggling readers in this post adapted from Effective Instruction for Middle School Students with Reading Difficulties by Carolyn Denton et al.


5 Mistakes in Reading Program Design that Can Hurt Struggling Readers

Are you using the right core reading program for your students? This post points to five common trouble spots, adapted from Susan Smartt & Deborah Glaser’s book Next STEPS in Literacy Instruction.


15 Recommended Resources for Getting Language and Literacy Skills On Track

This post highlights four big things to focus on this year to improve language and literacy skills, and presents some recommended resources to invest in.


Developer Q&A: Dr. Nickola Nelson on The TILLS Advantage

Lead developer Nickola Nelson talks about the advantages that set TILLS apart from other language tests and make it a groundbreaking assessment for students ages 6–18.


5 Ways to Support Language & Literacy Skills in Young Dual Language Learners

Adapted from Teaching Dual Language Learners by Lisa López & Mariela Páez, this post brings you practical guidelines, along with a free printable version to save and share.


15 Ways to Boost Early Language & Literacy Skills in Inclusive Classrooms.

These simple and fun activities and strategies will get kids practicing early talking, reading, and writing skills. (Adapted from Blended Practices for Teaching Young Children in Inclusive Settings.)

Articles & Podcasts

APM Reports: Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong

Brookes: 5 Essential Titles For Your Structured Literacy Bookshelf

EdSurge: What Does Reading Well Look Like?

Education Week: How Does Writing Fit Into the ‘Science of Reading’?

Education Week: More States Are Making the ‘Science of Reading’ a Policy Priority

Education Week: The Heavy Cost of Ignoring the Science of Reading for Teachers and Students

Edutopia: 3 Ways to Build a Positive Reading Culture in Middle School

Edutopia: 5 Ways to Support Students Who Struggle With Reading Comprehension

Edutopia: 6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject

Edutopia: Squats, Lunges, and Phonemes

Hechinger Report: Retraining an Entire State’s Elementary Teachers in the Science of Reading

IDA: What Is Structured Literacy?: A Primer on Effective Reading Instruction

New York Times: In Mississippi, a Broad Effort to Improve Literacy Is Yielding Results

Reading Rockets: Seven Strategies to Teach Students Text Comprehension

Reading Rockets: Understanding and Assessing Fluency

RTI Action Network: Classroom Reading Instruction That Supports Struggling Readers: Key Components for Effective Teaching

Scholastic: How Can I Help My Struggling Readers?

The Hechinger Report: NAACP targets a new civil rights issue—reading

Understood: What’s the Difference Between Structured Literacy and Balanced Literacy?

Understood: 9 Ways to Build Phonological Awareness in Pre-K and Kindergarten

We Are Teachers: What I Wish I Knew About Teaching Reading as a New Teacher


Common Types of Reading Difficulties
Presented by Louise Spear-Swerling, author of The Power of RTI and Reading Profiles

Using Small Group Games to Teach Vocabulary
Presented by David Dickinson, author of Connecting Through Talk

Teaching Dual Language Learners in Early Childhood Classrooms
Presented by Lisa M. López & Mariela Páez, authors of Teaching Dual Language Learners

Identify Dyslexia Using TILLS
Presented by Nickola Nelson, co-developer of TILLS

Using Story Frames to Improve Comprehension, Written Language, and Key Skills
Presented by Carolee Dean, author of Story Frames for Teaching Literacy 

A Comprehension Check-Up
Presented by Nancy Hennessy, author of The Reading Comprehension Blueprint

Structured Literacy Instruction for English Learners
Presented by Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, author Literacy Foundations for English Learners