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Put Me In, Coach! How Trained Literacy Coaches Can Improve Student Reading Comprehension

Published: January 25, 2013.
Released by University of Pittsburgh  

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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Research Paper with 2,863 Authors Expands Knowledge of Bacteriophages
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Toward a Squishier Robot
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Seeing Tiny Twins
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The Price of Protection
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Ancient Mongol Metallurgy an Extreme Polluter
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An Ecological Rule for Animals Applies to Flowers
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