Lucy Calkins Adjusts, and the Press Takes Notice

New York Times scrutinizes Columbia Teachers College reading and writing guru
Lucy Calkins

A front-page New York Times article reports that “Lucy Calkins, a leading literacy expert, has rewritten her curriculum to include a fuller embrace of phonics and the science of reading.”

Says the Times, “after decades of resistance, Professor Calkins has made a major retreat.”

The Summer 2007 issue of Education Next featured “The Lucy Calkins Project: Parsing a self-proclaimed literacy guru.” Barbara Feinberg wrote then, “Aside from grumblings from the New York City teachers required to work under her system, there has been remarkably little open debate about the basic premises behind Calkins’s approach, or even feedback on how the programs are faring in the classroom.”

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