Strengthening Explicit Literacy Instruction Through Effective Practice

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Explicit and systematic instruction is essential for all students to develop their literacy skills. But research shows students must also be given repeated opportunities to practice the skills they’re being taught in order to master them. However, the role of practice is often misunderstood and/or ignored in many K–12 classrooms.

Join renowned literacy experts Dr. Anita Archer and Linda Diamond as they:

  • Discuss the concept of practice within the context of literacy instruction
  • Share the purpose of specific types of practice—and strategies for making the most of each type
  • Model engaging practice strategies for students at all levels
  • Explain what administrators should look for when selecting curriculum, when examining instructional plans, and when observing lessons


Dr. Anita ArcherDr. Anita Archer
Author & Educational Consultant

Anita Archer, PhD, is an educational consultant to state departments and school districts on explicit instruction and literacy. She has presented in all 50 states, all US territories, and many countries, and she has received ten awards honoring her educational contributions. Dr. Archer has served on the faculties of the University of Washington, University of Oregon, and San Diego State University. She has co-authored numerous curriculum materials, including Phonics for Reading, a three-level intervention program, REWARDS, a five-component literacy intervention program, and a best-selling textbook titled Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching.

Linda Diamond

Linda Diamond
Author & Executive Director, Evidence Advocacy Center

Linda Diamond, MEd, is best known for her professional books, Teaching Reading Sourcebook, used by many teacher preparation programs, Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures, and the Vocabulary Handbook. She was a teacher, principal, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and a Senior Policy Analyst at an education think tank. In 1995, she founded and became president of the Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education (CORE Learning), an organization committed to improving literacy and math outcomes for all children. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Evidence Advocacy Center, committed to transforming education based on evidence.

Dr. Michelle Hosp

Dr. Michelle Hosp
Director of Foundational Literacy, Renaissance

Michelle Hosp, PhD, has over 25 years of experience working directly with students, educators, families, and researchers as a school psychologist, professor, and Director of the Iowa Reading Research Center. In addition to her work at Renaissance, she is an Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a focus on reading, assessment, and data-based decision making. Prior to joining Renaissance, she developed Star Phonics, and she is the lead author of the book The ABCs of CBM: A Practical Guide to Curriculum-Based Measurement.