PAL Materials Add Special Touch

The Stevenson Program is much more imaginative than your standard phonics instruction, but our lessons still need to center on reading text, spelling words and learning vocabulary. Although some games and activities are suggested in our manuals, PAL (Partners in Associational Learning) provides even more activities with a hands-on emphasis. If you are not familiar […]

A Happy Story

We recently visited an excellent special education teacher we know in a Las Vegas elementary school, and heard a wonderful story. This teacher is experienced with the Stevenson Program, and unusually skilled at working with students who have serious learning issues. She told us about one of the students in her fourth/fifth grade class, whom […]

Our New Favorite Saying

A good friend of ours and an excellent practitioner of the Stevenson Program, Cheryl Davila, created the following statement for the close of her e-mails:  “If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the child can learn.”  This thought is so right for teachers who work with struggling students!  We credit Cheryl, and, […]

PAL Materials Add Special Touch

The Stevenson Program is much more imaginative than your standard phonics instruction, but our lessons still need to center on reading text, spelling words and learning vocabulary. Although some games and activities are suggested in our manuals, PAL (Partners in Associational Learning) provides even more activities with a hands-on emphasis. If you are not familiar […]

The Third Grade Reading Guarantee – A Few Suggestions

Ohio will institute a policy for the 2013-2014 school year that requires third grade students to be reading at a predetermined level on the Ohio Achievement Assessments in order to be promoted. There are exceptions and options, but the idea is fairly straightforward. There is a large body of evidence that children who are not […]

Huge Issues, Strange Logic and Common Sense – an editorial

As usual, educational policy makers are hard at work trying to solve our biggest educational problems with big concepts. In recent years we have all heard phrases like “No Child Left Behind,” “Race to the Top,” “Research-based Reading Instruction,” “Common Core Standards,” and many more. Every one of these phrases is associated with one big […]

Dangerous Rumor About Phonics

At two different workshops last spring, we heard a teacher say that research has shown that if a child does not learn to read using phonics by the end of third grade, they won’t be able to learn by phonics. We do not believe this is true, and it could be a dangerous idea if […]

Common Core State Standards and the Stevenson Program

A national movement has been underway for several years now with a with a perfectly reasonable goal: to develop common core educational standards that will apply nationally, rather than have fifty different sets of standards from each state to which educators and publishers must adjust. These are intended to be minimum standards, not complete specifications […]

Common Core Standards and the Struggling Reader

In the Spring of 2013, we wrote an article about some of the teaching issues that arise when struggling readers encounter the Common Core Standards.  Of course, we are not the only ones to have concerns in this area, and this topic is undoubtedly going to be an ongoing subject of discussion.  Education Week recently published a multi-part report entitled,  “Diverse […]

Learning Problems, Teaching Problems

Struggling readers come in many varieties, but we can safely say that they have one thing in common:  they don’t easily learn to read in the same way as other students.  However, we want the struggling readers to cover the same material as the other students.  We want these students included or mainstreamed as much […]