Finalist

At a Loss for Words
Public Service (Smaller Newsroom)

Entry Credit

  • Emily Hanford, APM Reports

About the Entry

Emily Hanford’s reporting examines the troubling impact of problematic theories on how  children learn to read. Drawing on decades of scientific research, she shows how ineffective and harmful one of the most common theories has been. Her work has sparked a national conversation on reading instruction.

Comments from the Judges

“Extraordinary report that has shown nationwide impact on classrooms. More teachers and administrators are asking questions about how reading is taught—all because of this documentary.”

“Stellar documentary from Emily Hanford that shows thousands of kids are being cheated out of becoming skilled readers because of flawed science. Clearly, the documentary has served an enormous public service and spurred superintendents, educators and others to change how they teach.”

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EWA is grateful to the College Board for its generous support of the 2019 National Awards for Education Reporting.​