Find essential Science of Reading information, instructor support, and insights, with the goal of helping more children learn to read.
Want to be successful in school, work, and life? Literacy comes first. Literacy skills are essential for academic, career, and economic success and for social, emotional, and physical health. For students, the process of learning to read constructs the foundation for everything that comes after it, opening up new worlds of limitless potential, from learning to discerning, achieving, and innovating. Early reading instruction is the single most urgent task in the field of education. For many reasons, there’s almost nothing more important than teaching young people to read.
Educators can find support for this crucial mission in the Science of Reading (SOR). This vast body of gold-standard scientific research, replicable studies, and validated evidence on reading acquisition provides a wealth of insight to guide educational best practices, enabling teachers to deliver explicit, systematic reading instruction that helps even struggling readers learn to read effectively, confidently, fluently, successfully.
The Science of Reading (SOR) is a massive collection of thousands of scientific studies on how people learn to read, conducted in many languages, over many decades. This complex set of studies in many fields ranging from linguistics to neuroscience addresses a vast array of questions, including the specific elements required for children to learn to read, and how educators can best help them become skilled readers. A Structured Literacy approach turns out to be the most effective instructional technique for successful reading development.
Educators apply SOR principles with explicit, systematic instruction focused
on these 5 components:
(National Reading Panel Report, 2000)
A body of research on the best ways to learn to read, SOR isn’t a program or method, but it’s the science behind Structured Literacy, which is an approach to teaching oral and written language. Structured Literacy refers to teacher-led instruction that applies SOR by delivering explicit, systematic literacy education, including important components of literacy from phonics to reading comprehension. SOR enables the Structured Literacy approach and empowers educators to teach phonic decoding, phonemic awareness, and other crucial literacy skills.
While SOR and Structured Literacy are especially useful for struggling readers or students with dyslexia or learning disabilities, these tools improve literacy skills in all students. It’s not uncommon for reading proficiency scores to rise dramatically across the board after implementing SOR-based instructional approaches. Structured Literacy is the ideal way to help anyone become a stronger reader, but its powerful benefits are essential for struggling readers.
Welcome to the learning section of our hub, devoted to the Science of Reading. Explore these carefully curated resources to learn more about SOR. Maybe you’re wondering where to get started, feeling overwhelmed by the volume of information on SOR, curious about how Structured Literacy relates to SOR, or just want some tips for implementing SOR principles in your school or district. We’ve built a useful collection of in-depth articles and thought leadership on the Science of Reading, packed with information you’re sure to find helpful.
Want to help more students become successful readers? Get a wide range of helpful tips and find out the best steps you can take to implement SOR in your school or district.
Get powerful insights educators can use to help their students build literacy skills. We demystify a few aspects of this collection of research, and even debunk a few popular SOR myths.
Structured Literacy benefits all students and is vitally important for struggling readers. Learn about how you can transform reading instruction and change children’s lives.
Want all your struggling readers to gain fluency, vocabulary, and confidence in their reading and writing abilities? Learn more about the Orton-Gillingham approach.
View our case study on a Corbin ISD reading intervention with 490 K–5 students to learn the results after seven months of using S.P.I.R.E.
Hear from two educators implementing S.P.I.R.E. with their K–5 students and learn about their experiences with the Science of Reading.
Why do decodable readers work so effectively? We break it down for you and answer some of your most-asked questions about decodables.
Curious about how the Science of Reading has been influenced by politics and changes in educational policy? Read this overview of the history of this movement.
Far from an antiquated skill, handwriting remains valuable today. Find out how penmanship can be critical to intellectual development, memory, and more.
Find out how encouraging students to use academic vocabulary benefits their ability to express themselves through more diverse language.
To prevent widespread gaps and reading failure, effective reading instruction for K–2 students is urgently required. As Louisa C. Moats said in 2020: “The most fundamental responsibility of schools is teaching students to read.” The Science of Reading shows educators how best to support early readers through explicit, systematic instruction. Utilize our research-backed resources to apply SOR principles in your school, district, or classroom, helping more students learn to read sooner, more effectively, and more successfully.
Ready to get started with the Science of Reading?
Try a Structured Literacy program like S.P.I.R.E.
And apply powerful SOR principles with programs like these:
Sounds Sensible, Primary Phonics, Explode The Code, and Megawords.