November 22, 2017

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The Search for Meaning

How you can boost kids’ reading comprehension

A few years ago, most of our students at Lansdowne Elementary were struggling readers: while many could recognize words, half were unable to understand the stories they’d just read. Not surprisingly, these kids weren’t interested in books. The problem wasn’t Why Johnnie Can’t Read, but more specifically, Why Johnnie Can’t Understand—and the answer had a lot to do with poverty.

Lansdowne is located in a poor part of Baltimore. More than 60 percent of its […]