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American Federation of Teachers
Teachers need to know the foundations of reading
Teachers need to know the foundations of reading

The Committee for Change, a sub-committee of the Learning Disabilities of Greater Baltimore, is working along with other educators and state lawmakers on legislation that would create a task force to study teacher training programs this session. After years of research we know the nature, causes and treatment of reading difficulties. We also know that what the classroom teacher does has a significant impact on student outcomes. Louisa Moats, a nationally recognized expert in reading, wrote that "if the classroom teacher does not know what a reading disability looks like, what causes it, or what science says can be done about it, the affected students will languish and suffer. On the...