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Teaching Reading Is Rocket Science
What Expert Teachers of Reading Should Know and Be Able To Do
By Louisa C. Moats  Reading is the fundamental skill upon which all formal education depends. Research now shows that a child who doesn't learn the reading basics early is unlikely to learn them at all. Any child who doesn't learn to read early and well will not easily master other skills and knowledge, and is unlikely to ever flourish in school or in life.  View online or Download as a pdf.

Whole Language High Jinks. Moats, L.C. (2007). Washington, DC: Thomas Fordham Foundation.

A blueprint for professional development. Moats, L.C. (2002) The Reading First Leadership Academy, United States Department of Education.

Whole language lives on: The illusion of "balanced" reading instruction. Moats, L.C. (2000). Washington, DC: Thomas Fordham Foundation.

Every child reading: A professional development guide. Moats, L.C. (2000). Washington, DC: The Learning First Alliance.

Improving the quality of teacher preparation in early literacy. Moats, L.C. (2000). Washington, DC: National Governors Association.

Teaching reading is rocket science. Moats, L.C. (1999) Washington, DC: American Federation of Teachers.

A blueprint for professional development of teachers of early reading instruction. Moats, L.C. (1997). California State Board of Education, Comprehensive Reading Leadership Program.

Informed instruction for reading success: Foundations for teacher preparation. Brady, S. and Moats, L.C. (1997). Baltimore, MD: International Dyslexia Association.
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