About the Ebook
“The ideas in Discovering Effective Reading Instruction are easy to apply. It is a great resource for veteran teachers and new teachers alike. I have seen firsthand how a scientific approach to reading builds a strong foundation for all readers but especially those with learning disabilities. Every elementary teacher needs this book!” – Ashley Nicodemus, Kindergarten Teacher and Language Specialist
“Discovering Effective Reading Instruction covers so many important reading topics in a way that any teacher (novice or seasoned) should be aware of. Dr. Smith reminds us that reading is not a natural brain function, and simplifies many of the more complex reading skills. He emphasizes the importance of phonological/phonemic awareness as a foundation for later reading instruction, as well as touching on topics such as dyslexia and small-group instruction. The book reads with the tone of a mentor sharing information on the importance of reading instruction.” Michelle Raible, Title I Teacher
Dr. Scott Smith has been in education for the past 40 years and is a third-generation successful dyslexic. Growing up in Eastern Oregon, he struggled with school. His fifth-grade teacher told his parents he needed to find a trade because he would never be able to spell or read or write or attend college. Instead, Dr. Smith spent 26 years in elementary classrooms in Umatilla, Oregon and became an Assistant Professor at Eastern Oregon University in the Elementary Pre-Service Teacher Program. Currently, Dr. Smith is an instructional coach for the InterMountain ESD, serving 18 rural school districts. His major area of focus is pre-reading skills and reading instruction, along with classroom instructional support. Dr. Smith lives in Hermiston, Oregon with his wife Susan.