Leander Bridges, the assistant principal at Laurel Upper Elementary in Laurel, Miss., sounds out vowels during a training session at the University of Southern Mississippi.
—Cheryl Gerber for Education Week
Teachers often leave preservice without clarity on cognitive science
Mary Sacchetti spent six years and tens of thousands of dollars preparing to become a special education teacher and then a reading specialist.
But even after she earned her master’s degree from a highly ranked university, she still felt like she didn’t have the necessary knowledge and skills to teach all students how to read. It wasn’t until her Philadelphia charter school paid for Sacchetti to earn certification through an explicit, systematic phonics program that she finally understood the evidence-based strategies for teaching early…