The School Administrator

September 1997Reading the Right WayPhonics vs. Whole Language

Features

  • Reading the Right Way

    by Bill Honig


    The former California superintendent of public instruction and author of Teaching Our Children to Read explains what research and best practices say about combining elements of phonics and whole language to eliminate failure among beginning readers. Also: 10 components for a school district’s comprehensive reading strategy and how to deal with non-English-speaking learners.

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  • Addressing Our Shortcomings

    by Tom Heineman and Gerrie Dunphy


    District administrators from the Livermore Valley, Calif., schools describe their district's systemic staff development program to improve reading instruction. Tom Heineman is director of instruction and technology and Gerrie Dunphy is coordinator of the instructional materials center.

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  • Reading Recovery Revisited

    by Richard Lee Colvin


    A careful examination of the much-touted Reading Recovery program for teaching primary school readers at risk raises questions about its effectiveness and high costs. Also: A typical Reading Recovery lesson and a directory of literacy programs used by educators. The author is a free-lance education writer who works on the reporting staff at The Los Angeles Times.

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  • Whose Claims Are Valid?

    by Richard L. Allington


    The director of the National Research Center on English Learning and Achievement suggests how you can evaluate the claims of reading programs and materials purportedly backed by research.

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  • Our Story of Ebonics: A Tale of Language, Literacy and Learning

    by Carolyn M. Getridge


    The former superintendent of the Oakland, Calif., Unified Schools addresses the firestorm of controversy over ebonics and her district's plans to teach standard English to African American students.

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Profile

    Robert G. Rogers by JAY P. GOLDMAN


    superintendent, Scott-Morgan Community Unit School District, Bluffs, Ill.

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    Departments

    Focus

    Responding Effectively to Newspaper Editorials by Brad Hughes



    director of communications services, Kentucky School Boards Association, Frankfort, Ky.

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    Focus

    Recruiting Teachers to Rural Settings by Joe Rudnicki


    superintendent, Coalinga-Huron Unified School District, Coalinga, Calif.

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    Guest Column

    Uncommon Civility: A Superintendent's Suicide by RoseAnne Fogarty


    assistant professor of educational administration, College of Saint Rose, Albany, N.Y.

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    Guest Column

    Should We Fear or Favor National Assessments? by James L. Wilson


    education consultant, Lewes, Del.

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    Executive Perspective

    The Dreams of Horace Mann by Paul D. Houston


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    Focus

    Minimize the Risks of Aimless and Unproductive Committees by William M. Powers



    consultant on education and community relations, Needham, Mass.

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    Focus

    Your Website Must Offer More Than Fluff by Robin McClure


    communications officer, Birdville Independent School District, Haltom City, Texas

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    Guest Column

    The Races Superintendents Run by John A. Whritner


    superintendent, Greenwich, Conn.

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    President's Corner

    The Infrastructure of AASA by Karl V. Hertz



    president, AASA

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