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The most powerful way to raise student achievement is through professional learning. More than ever before, students need effective teaching if they are to develop the higher order thinking skills they will need to be career and college ready in the 21st century. At the same time the expectations for student achievement are being raised, the student population in schools is becoming increasingly diverse. This means the need for effective professional development for schools and teachers is critical. ...

Throughout the reading world there is widespread agreement that the development of comprehension is the goal of teaching of reading – there is however little consistency of practice in schools nor agreement as to what constitutes effective teaching of comprehension. One of the challenges is that comprehension and comprehension instruction typically have been studied separately (Pressley 2000). Just as we advocate for balance in literacy instruction there needs to be balance in the teaching of comprehension....

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