What is Systematic & Explicit Instruction?


We got a chance to sit down virtually with literacy author and thought leader, Dr. Freddy Hiebert, as she shared her insight around the science of reading and the need for systematic and explicit instruction.

Listen to the full podcast here:


Elfrieda “Freddy” Hiebert, Ph.D.@freddywrites

is President and CEO of TextProject, a nonprofit that provides resources to support higher reading levels. She is also a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Hiebert has worked in the field of early reading acquisition for 45 years, first as a teacher’s aide and teacher of primary-level students in California and, subsequently, as a teacher and researcher. Her research addresses how fluency, vocabulary, and knowledge can be fostered through appropriate texts. Dr. Hiebert is also an author of the Savvas myView Literacy (K-5) and myPerspectives (6-12) ELA programs.

Reading Is an Art and a Science.

Learn more about the Science of Reading at savvas.com/scienceofreading today.

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Jamie Downey

K-5 Literacy Director