What Have WE Learned About the 30 Million Word GAP?

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thought_1678c  I think it is very important for parents and educators to stay informed regarding learning research.  So, in my quiet time this morning, I came across an interview with one of the premier researchers regarding the correlation between language development and reading success.  What Dr. Miller has to report is critical information especially for parents and teachers of children in the early childhood grades.  As our state, like many others, debate the importance and incurring costs of pre-kindergarten or early childhood programs, this article  sheds light on why the result of  this debate is important to all of our futures.

The points raised in this scripted interview led me to ask myself: Is it worth the costs and hard work?  My answer was: Certainly, we cannot afford not to invest in the development of language skills and vocabulary for children in these early years.  The research reveals the consequences if we do not.  However, that is strictly my answer.   You need to answer that question for yourself.  Read this scripted interview and decide whether this should be a priority for all of us…



Rosemary Manges

Rosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over 39 years of educational experience ranging from the public school classroom, administration, preparing pre-service teachers at the college level to development of policy at TEA. She is in her 10th year at Region 10.

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