Research Brief: Literacy Training for Inservice and Preservice K-2 Teachers[PDF]

This article discusses a balanced and appropriate view of the use of data from the teachers’ perspective which is oftentimes overlooked. The authors suggest that in the field of literacy, stakeholders need to better prepare teachers to understand how to use and interpret data so that teachers move from simply undertaking assessments to making use of assessment data in meaningful ways that assist in improving student outcomes.

The Word Nerds Project: Findings from a Research-Practice Partnership Focused on Spelling Instruction[PDF] by Laura S. Tortorelli and Lori Bruner

This paper describes the ‘Word Nerds’ project, a research–practice partnership consisting of two researchers from a large public university and 17 elementary teachers in seven school districts in the United States. The collaboration was formed to study variation in instructional practice among teachers using the Words Their Way programme and address teacher-generated questions related to how children learn to spell words.