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The Power of Effective Reading Instruction

How Neuroscience Informs Instruction Across All Grades and Disciplines

Karen Gazith holds a strong belief that teachers play a critical role in the success of their students. She emphasizes the need for effective instruction for all and intervention for those in need. This guide offers evidence-based practices for reading instruction that transform student proficiency across all content areas.


  • Learn what neuroscience research says about how children learn to read, why some students struggle to read, and how this knowledge informs best practices.
  • Understand the Big 5 of reading and how to apply each element in their teaching.
  • Gain strategies that target fundamental reading skills, like decoding and fluency.
  • Master instructional approaches like acceleration, push-in and pull-out, and anchor activities to support students who are off track.

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Chapter 1: The Neuroscience of Reading
Chapter 2: The Big 5 of Literacy
Chapter 3: Reading and Response to Intervention
Chapter 4: Models for Reading Support
Chapter 5: Reading Instruction Across Content Areas
Chapter 6: Strategic Teaching and Learning


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Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6



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