The author explores some of the reasons why pupils can't read and suggests focusing on those things that can be changed. The running debate between advocates of phonics and whole language, and arguments that reading instruction cannot be an `either-or' proposition are summarized. The book also describes the eight key components that need to be in place to create a `school of readers', and sets forth essential learnings that need to occur at each instructional level.
Why Our Kids Aren't Learning to Read
The Great Debate
What Do You Need to Make it Happen?
The Essential Learnings
Thirty Plus Things You Can Do Tommorow To Raise Reading Achievement