The Road to Reading

Renee Smith
Renee Smith

Renee Smith is the Director of Education on Team Folio. She has been actively involved in education for over 30 years as a learner, educator, consultant, coach, and parent. By curating and creating bilingual content with the PSS team, she shares her passion for student success.


What is the best way to teach a child to read? This timeless question has been debated for many years.

Educating young minds has never been a one-size-fits-all solution and never will be. Early in my teaching career, I was evaluated on how many of my 28 energetic first-graders were “on task” by reading the same words on the same page at the same time. Even as a new teacher, I knew right away that we could accomplish more by teaching foundational skills, providing visual support, and differentiating instruction along the way.

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How can you teach kids how to read if they don’t understand the sound/letter connection? How can we teach reading comprehension if they can’t read the words? And how can we possibly test other subject area knowledge through reading, if students don’t understand the questions? This broken system has perpetuated a lack of progress for much too long. We owe our students and teachers more, much more.

“Good is the enemy of great!” Jim Collins wrote.  

What if we took this well-known business principle and applied it to the expectations of our education system? Our students deserve a chance to reach their potential and to not just be good, but great. Teachers need resources beyond good to great.  

Folio delivers exceptional visual learning aids made for teachers, with care, by teachers. Within our Structured Literacy Collection, you can find solid instructional resources based on the Science of Reading…created to be used right away, no prep time needed! Our team of experienced educators and designers has collaborated to create the literacy resources needed to equip teachers and parents. Moving from speech to print, students can make meaningful connections and be inspired to read confidently.

Learning to read is the gift of a lifetime, and we are looking forward to being a part of your journey.

(next blogs will share more detailed info on SL resources and applications ) 

Next: Confession of a Reading War Warrior

Personalizing the (your) Journey 

Topics: Education, Folio, Science of Reading, Teachers, Reading Comprehension