How does one truly measure their professional impact? For most of my career, I answered that question based on the size of my professional stage. At the start of my career, as I was working for U.S. Senators with names most recognized, I defined my success by winning elections, helping…

What is the future of the federal investment in reading instruction?

Credit: Getting Smart

As states and educators increasingly call for an embrace (or is it re-embrace?) of the “science of reading” in classrooms across the nation, we need to ask an important question. What is the future of the federal investment in reading instruction?

It’s been a decade and a half since we…

What are the essential elements of good reading instruction?

Photo Credit: The Conversation

In recent months, the “science of reading” has returned to center stage for the educators of young children. For most, we understand that the reading proficiency of fourth-graders is one of the strongest indicators of student success in middle and high school, as well as in college and career. …

Patrick Riccards

Father; education advocacy pro; founder of Driving Force Institute; author of Eduflack blog; VP of Coker University; education agitator

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