Members of the committee that wrote the report discuss their findings and recommendations.
Committee chair Alan Lesgold from the University of Pittsburgh discussed the importance of literacy and the challenge the U.S. faces in getting its citizens to the proficiency levels needed for the jobs of the future. He also provided an overview of the report’s conclusions and recommendations.
Aydin Durgonoglu of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, discussed the diverse group of English language learners, the factors that influence how fast they learn, promising instructional practices, and research priorities.
Art Graesser of the University of Memphis discussed the difficulty of delivering science-based instruction and the ways technology can help in this effort.
Following discussion with and questions from the audience, Daryl Mellard of the University of Kansas spoke about the importance of assessments in discerning students’ progress and needs, enabling teachers and tutors to choose appropriate instructional approaches.
Kenneth Pugh of Haskins Laboratories in New Haven spoke about how the brain’s neurobiology interacts with the environment and instructional practices to affect how people learn to read and write.