$3.5 million grant will help study early reading instruction

A $3.5 million grant to Emily Solari, assistant professor of education, will bring reading instruction to 100 first-grade classrooms in Sacramento, Yolo and other counties in the region as well as in Houston, Texas, by next fall.

The grant, from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Science, focuses on students who are struggling with early reading. Teachers will be taught specific skills to work with children who have difficulty reading — typically about one of every five students in a first-grade classroom, according to Solari.

Other researchers include Emilio Ferrer, professor of psychology at UC Davis; and Carolyn Denton and Tricia Zucker, both professors of pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center, Children’s Learning Institute. Read the full news release here.

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