Patrick Riccards

Patrick Riccards is the executive director of Best in the World Teachers. Patrick previously served as chief of staff to the National Reading Panel and as director of the federal Partnership for Reading Collaborative. He is the author of Why Kids Can’t Read: Continuing to Challenge the Status Quo in Education.

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Let’s Think Outside the Box as Biden Considers Our Next U.S. Education Secretary

Even before President-elect Joe Biden offered his inspiring remarks to the nation this weekend, the social media posts declaring, “bye, Betsy” clearly...

Lucy, We Told You So

“Pouring over the work of contemporary reading researchers has led us to believe that aspects of balanced literacy need some ‘rebalancing.’”

At a Loss for Words, Knowing I Need to Speak

I’m at a complete loss for words, yet I feel a strong need to speak out.  I know I...

Literacy Is A Constitutional Right, Let’s Now Treat It As Such

“We recognize that the Constitution provides a fundamental right to a basic minimum education.” So ruled the United States...

We Care About Education Issues, Except When We Vote

When asked whether he wanted to have dinner at a well-known restaurant, baseball philosopher Yogi Berra remarked, “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s...