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Stories from the International Reading Association

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The International Reading Association supports literacy professionals around the world. Front and Center attended their annual conference and talked to teachers about literacy in their organizations and classrooms. Below are some of our favorite stories.


Donna Wagner, “The reason I have such a good relationship with kids is I could not read.”



James Lowe, “When you have parent volunteers it makes all the difference.”




Tammy Potts, “He said, ‘This is the first book I’ve ever read, and I read it in one day.’”




Michelle Best, “By the time they come into me they already have a philosophy about themselves, yes I am a reader or no I’m not a reader.”



Marcy Mondschein, “(A Guatemalan teacher working in impoverished schools) is one of the best teachers I’ve ever known.”



Scott DeSimone, “I worked with a 53 year-old man, he went through most of his life illiterate.” 




Kathleen Wright, “In districts where handwriting has been phased out, you’ll see lower reading scores.”


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