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How do We Help America’s Children Get Back on Track in Reading After Pandemic Setbacks?

Kids have long struggled with learning to read. And then the pandemic hit — disrupting classes, pushing lessons online and ushering in an era of masks, all of which makes it even more difficult to acquire the sounds and syllables that build up language.

The pandemic put learning gaps in the spotlight, as teachers, families and policymakers debated whether the disruption of the last two years will set kids back long term and widen gaps. But even before COVID-19, our schools were in crisis over how to teach students how to read.

Several newsrooms, with the support of the Solutions Journalism Network, joined forces to report on the problem and find solutions for America’s reading problem. The outlets included The Dallas Morning News, The Seattle Times,, The Fresno Bee, The Post and Courier, The Christian Science Monitor and The Hechinger Report.

Join us for a virtual discussion on how to help kids with reading at 6 p.m. on Nov. 16. You can register for the free event here.

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