Understanding the effect of how we learn to write on how well we read is key to making good decisions about how and what we teach our children. I was privileged to offer the keynote address at a conference of educators and university researchers from across the country gathered on January 23 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. for “Handwriting in the 21st Century? An Educational Summit.” Zaner-Bloser
in partnership with the American Association of School Administrators
(AASA) hosted the event.
Controversy continues to grow over the role of handwriting instruction—especially cursive instruction—in elementary school. This conference gave us a chance to understand the research and work together toward better classroom instruction.
The Common Core State Standards allow each state to decide whether to include explicit cursive handwriting instruction. Some educators have begun to discuss eliminating cursive in favor of teaching children to type on keyboards, which is included in the standards for the upper grades. But is that a good idea? What impact will it have on children learning to read and write?
Read a full account of the conference in the January 25 Education Week