Hi Jesse,

Thanks so much for taking the time to read this blog post and to provide such a thoughtful response. We respect and honor the fact that student, school, and district needs vary. We support a multitude of approaches, and we provide a number of literacy solutions to help each learning community find the right fit for their challenges and goals. Research is central to our work, and we strive to make information about efficacy accessible to all educators. Depending on a district’s needs, we offer a number of research-validated approaches. For instance, you might find some of the research behind two of our programs, Direct Instruction and Open Court Reading, to be compelling. You can explore some of the materials behind those solutions here, on our research portal. For more reading on recent academic research regarding the balanced literacy approach, please see:

What Works to Improve Student Literacy Achievement? An Examination of Instructional Practices in a Balanced Literacy Approach

The Effects of Balanced Literacy on Student Achievement at the 8th Grade Level

Literacy and Language Outcomes of Balanced and Developmental-Constructivist Approaches to Early Childhood Education

Thanks again for taking the time to read this piece, and to provide thoughtful feedback!

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