Happy National Read a Book Day! To mark the occasion, we’re taking a deep dive into the scientific study of reading—courtesy of Gina N. Cervetti, professor of education at the University of Michigan. Cervetti, who also sits on the board at ReadWorks, opens up about this movement's impact and why research-based approaches to teaching reading are on the rise in the U.S. Just this summer, for instance, the AP reported on how Mississippi catapulted from being the second-worst state for fourth-grade reading in 2013 to 21st last year. The difference? Educators are now trained in these methods of teaching.
What exactly is the science of reading?
Could you break down the process of learning to read?
What are the challenges right now?
We’ve been reading so much about the science of reading in the news lately. Why now?
Tips for parents to better support their children?
Last but not least: What inspired you to enter the field of reading comprehension research?