The International Literacy Association collected data from 2097 respondents in 91 countries and territories for the 2018 What's Hot in Literacy Report. Respondents included classroom teachers, reading/literacy specialists, literacy/instructional coaches and others (documented on page 5 here).
Excerpts follow from Top Takeaways From the 2018 What's Hot in Literacy Report:
1. Early Literacy takes the No. 1 spot as the most important topic for the second year in a row.
It is the most valued topic among respondents, with 87% ranking it extremely or very important, compared with 57% ranking it extremely or very hot.
2. Family Engagement and Community Partnerships are more important than they are hot.
Both topics should be getting more attention. In fact, Family Engagement has the second largest gap between hot and important ratings among the topics.
4. Equity in Literacy Education is a critical global issue.
Although 86% of respondents feel it is extremely or very important, only 50% rate it extremely or very hot. It's the No. 2 most important topic in developing countries and the United States and No. 1 in other developed countries.
6. Access to Books and Content again ranks as more important than hot.
The issue comes in only at No. 11 among hot topics but rises to No. 5 in importance.
Posted: Monday 3 September 2018