Frankly Freddy Blog

TextProject president and CEO Elfrieda H. (Freddy) Hiebert blogs about important issues in reading research and practice.

Frankly Freddy entries (published from 2005 to 2014) have been sorted into five topics of literacy learning and instruction. Click here to download the ebook!

August 30, 2013

Reading Rules for Becoming Proficient with Complex Texts

Elfrieda (Freddy) H. Hiebert

Freddy’s reading rules: Read more. Mostly silent. Focus on knowledge.


August 23, 2013

Why Becoming a Nation of Readers Is Still Relevant

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Freddy introduces the first eBook in TextProject’s Reading Essentials Reprint Series.


August 2, 2013

Summary of Karen Wixson on “Assessment and Instruction in the Era of the CCSS in English Language Arts”

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Karen Wixson’s session in TextProject’s Virtual Institute on Assessments and the Common Core should be on the top of the list in any teacher education or professional development course for providing pre- and in-service teachers with an overview of the new generation of assessments. Dr. Wixson provides a succinct but comprehensive overview of the key aims, tasks, and implications of the assessments being developed by the two consortium—Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


July 25, 2013

Summary of David Francis on “CCSS Assessments and Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners”

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Summary of Dr. Francis’s take on what the new-generation of assessments means for students with disabilities and ELLs.


July 16, 2013

Summary of Peter Afflerbach on “Formative Assessments and the Common Core: Text Complexity to Task Complexity”

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Summary of Peter Afflerbach’s take on formative versus summative assessments and the role both play in students’ learning.


July 9, 2013

Summary of P. David Pearson on Will Our Tests Support or Subvert Our Vision of Deeper Learning of English/Language Arts?

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Summary of P. David Pearson’s review on the history of assessments and unique features of the next generation of assessments.


July 2, 2013

Summary of David Coleman on Assessments That Support the Goals of the Common Core State Standards

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Summary of David Coleman’s vision for the new Common Core Assessments and a few points of tension.


May 8, 2013

An Inside View of the New Assessments

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

Freddy discusses the computer adaptive assessment portion of the new upcoming assessments.


April 12, 2013

FYI for Kids: Building Students’ Capacity for Complex Text

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

How does the magazine format help students read more complex texts?


March 22, 2013

Read-Aloud Favorites: A Source for Enriching Students’ Knowledge of the World and of Language

Elfrieda H. Hiebert

TextProject has relaunched Read-Aloud Favorites. Educators and parents can now search our outstanding collection of trade book recommendations for read-alouds by grade level, genre, topics, and format. Read-Aloud Favorites are an essential component ofRead More »Read-Aloud Favorites: A Source for Enriching Students’ Knowledge of the World and of Language