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The Science of Reading

Evidence points to the skills and instruction needed to develop a reading brain.

Discover how to put research into action.

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Representation and a funds-of-knowledge approach establish the foundation for learning.

Understand how to embrace diversity to cultivate academic success.

Product Spotlight



Early literacy intervention with authentic Spanish resources that follow a Spanish phonics sequence


Support for older newcomers and other ELs at preliterate or primary reading levels

Benchmark Booster Special Edition

Targeted resources that address unfinished learning and close skill gaps

Explore additional intervention solutions.

English Language Development

Sound-Spelling Transfer Kit

Skill and vocabulary development for transfer between English and Spanish

Advance ALL

Age-appropriate leveled topic sets with scaffolds for literacy and English language development

Advancing Language Learning

Resources to build social, structural, and academic language

View resources for multilingual learners.

Spanish Resources

Libros decodificables

Application of explicit instruction in phonics and high-frequency words in decodable text

Fonética y gramática

Spanish poems, stories, and nonfiction that teach initial Spanish literacy skills

¡Vamos a leer!

Support for young students’ transition to reading and learning in Spanish

See a range of Spanish/bilingual materials.

A new podcast for teachers by teachers (and literacy experts)

Expert tips and the latest research, and personal stories behind the journey of great teaching

Writing Made Simple

When we simplify writing instruction it becomes joyful, meaningful and deeply fulfilling for everyone involved. Patty McGee, author of ‘Writer’s Workshop Made Simple: 7 Essentials for Every Classroom and Every Writer,’ shares some of the best ways for teachers to support writers in the classroom.

Asset-Based Support for Newcomers

What can we do to meet the needs of newcomer students in our schools? Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes discusses how to create welcoming environments for these students, from better understanding their unique needs to building their social-emotional and academic confidence to support impactful learning.

Trauma-Informed Care in Education

Restorative practitioner Steve Fiedeldy joins Patty McGee to discuss the importance of understanding and addressing trauma in an educational community.

Expanding the Science of Reading

The Science of Reading refers to a much-discussed body of research around how students learn to read. But what could be missing from the conversation?

Agency & Engagement

What is agency? And how is it supported by engagement in the classroom? Co-authors of WIRE for Agency, Jean Hayhurst and Jill DeRosa, join Patty McGee to define these terms...

Collaborative Writing

Leah Mermelstein , author of ‘"We-Do" Writing: Maximizing Practice to Develop Independent Writers,’ talks with author and educator Patty McGee about how collaboration between educators...

Creating Affirming Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Students

Teacher-Author Patty McGee and educator Lena Schmidt explore the work of creating spaces that affirm the identities of LGBTQ+ students within the classroom, the school, and the community.

Vocabulary Development for Newcomers

Vocabulary is critically important. By the end of first grade, vocabulary is a predictor of either reading success or reading problems in middle school and high school. Dr. Margarita Calderón joins author and educator Patty McGee to discuss...

Interactive Writing

Literacy expert C.C. Bates, author of Interactive Writing: Developing Readers Through Writing, talks with author and educator Patty McGee about how teachers use Interactive Writing and how they can do it better, in-person or virtually.

Gender and Intersectional Teaching

What voices and gendered perspectives do students experience in your classroom? How can you develop a more inclusive teaching practice? Author and educator Patty McGee and Maria Campanario, National Equity Consultant in Professional...

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent of Ithaca City School District, shares his insights on the process, the pedagogies and the necessity of implementing culturally responsive teaching practices and how they can transform an educational community.

Conquering Dyslexia

Dr. Jan Hasbrouck describes the latest research on dyslexia, its early warning signs, and what families and educators can do to support success with structured literacy, multimodal experiences, and social-emotional support.

Common Myths About Dyslexia

Dr. Jan Hasbrouck defines dyslexia, clears up common misconceptions, and shares why this topic matters so much to her and should matter to everyone, in every school.

Learning Close at Heart

Patty McGee taught daily lessons for 9 weeks on the Benchmark Distance Learning - Literacy Block Facebook group. In this episode she talks about that experience and how it changed her teaching.

Independent Reading

Author / educator Patty McGee talks with reading expert Laura Robb about how teachers can make the time and space for independent reading and how their students benefit when they commit to it.

Reycraft Books Libraries

Native American Collection includes award-winning authors and illustrators.

Enfoque en

Authentic Spanish texts enrich instruction and build content knowledge.

Read at Home Kits

Family-friendly kits support learning outside the classroom.

Steps to Advance

Gradual steps provide a scaffold to complex text.

PD Essentials

Explicitly connect writing to children's reading.

Spot On

Small-group nonfiction and fiction feature 10 key content strands.

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