School Library Journal Most toddlers can swipe an iPad, tap an e-book, and call grandma on mom’s phone, so you’d think that kids in upper elementary school would be seasoned digital users and experts at navigating the web. As it turns out, a new study published in the International Literacy Association’s Reading Research Quarterly has found that we don’t know as much as we thought about the online activities, preferences, and skills of the preadolescent set.
District Administration This new article examines how schools are innovating on traditional literacy instruction by embracing digital technology, personalized learning, the expanded role of reading specialists, the professional development needs of teachers and the importance of parent engagement to literacy instruction. ILA Associate Executive Director Stephen Sye, Board member Bernadette Dwyer and conference presenter Jennifer Serravallo share their expertise and more information about the upcoming ILA 2016 Conference & Exhibits.
WNYC A group of mayors from five major U.S. cities — Austin, Albuquerque, Grand Rapids, Louisville, and Philadelphia — are meeting in New York today. They're working to create communities that serve everyone, and that means reducing discrimination and promoting racial equality at the local level. They are calling the initiative Racial Equity Here — it's a collaboration between the nonprofit organization Living Cities and the Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE).
Education Week A survey of how 4th and 5th grade students read online finds that girls significantly outperform boys on a test of digital skills such as searching for and communicating information. That's despite the fact that boys seem to engage in more digital activities than girls, and that they have more confidence in their online skills than girls do...Of a possible composite score of 27, the average digital skills score for all students was 13.61. "This score indicates that the students in this sample are moderately skilled at navigating, reading, and writing online," says the report, "What Are Preadolescent Readers Doing Online?," which was recently published in the International Literacy Association's Reading Research Quarterly.
The Hechinger Report The statistics on worldwide illiteracy are overwhelming — nearly 800 million people (or roughly one in five worldwide) are considered illiterate, according to UNESCO. In the United States alone, 45 million people are functionally illiterate and read below a fifth grade level, with 32 million of those unable to read at all. The world is facing a literacy crisis. What can we do to advance literacy to every corner of the globe, and within our local neighborhoods and communities?
Institutional Investor This week the MacArthur Foundation is rolling out a new investment offering that aims to raise $100 million for impact investments in Chicago’s low-income inner city communities. Dubbed Benefit Chicago, the program, launched in conjunction with the Chicago Community Trust and the Calvert Foundation, will offer structured notes of one-, three-, five- and 15-year durations to endowments and investors.