PITTSBURGH—The language and reading comprehension skills of low-income upper elementary-school students—especially English-language learners—can improve markedly if trained literacy coaches engage teachers in conducting interactive text discussions with students, according to a three-year University of Pittsburgh study.
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By Ohio State University
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By Southern Methodist University
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By Association for Psychological Science
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By Boston College
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By University of Alberta
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Vocabulary Instruction Failing US Students
By Michigan State University
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By Dartmouth College
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By University of Tennessee at Knoxville
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By American Educational Research Association
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By Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
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By Dartmouth College
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