Although the importance of literacy instruction has remained constant since the beginning of the new millennium, literacy trends have shifted, often alongside acts of legislation. Areas of literacy education that were once overlooked in the past like adolescent literacy and RTI are now receiving increased attention, whereas areas of literacy like phonemic awareness, phonics, and fluency receive considerably less attention than 10 years ago. Discussions describe “very hot” and “cold” topics as they relate to philosophy/approach, level, content, materials, and assessment. Educators can utilize the findings in this survey to adjust their instruction and direct attention to needed areas within their own schools.
Cassidy, J., & Ortlieb, E. (2011). Literacy: The First Decade of the New Millennium. Reading Horizons, 51 (2). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol51/iss2/3