Some people who knew about teaching reading the right way long ago
What would have happened if educators would have listened to what these educators said?
There have been lots of special educators who understood that teaching reading successfully required detailed attention to teaching segmenting, blending, letter-sound associations, fluent decoding (as well as vocabulary, world knowledge). They didn’t need a lot of fancy neuropsych evidence to tell them that those features were important. They just saw how learners did when given different instruction.
Here’s a non-exhaustive, alphabetical list of some folks who, since the 1960s or so, ‘got it’:
I plan to offer brief posts about each of these individuals over the next few weeks or months. In each post I hope to point to at least a couple of examples of how each person advocated for effective teaching of reading.
You can get ahead of me by doing your own research on (or providing a remembrance of) one or more of these folks. If you do so, please drop comments on this post so that other readers can have the benefit of your wisdom.