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.

Latest Articles

Biden Surprised Us All by Keeping Standardized Testing This Year. Thank Goodness.

Rest easy, states. The Biden administration and its U.S. Department of Education has now made the tough decision for us. The decision...

The Last Thing We Need Is More Civics Education

If the events of the past few months have made anything clear, it is that we DO NOT need additional investments in...

Every Student Succeeds Act’s Fifth Anniversary: Nothing to Celebrate

Five years ago TikTok, the video-sharing social networking platform, didn’t even exist. Today, the New York Times reports that over one-third of...

Call It Like It Is. We Are Experiencing Learning Loss.

“More than ever, it is abundantly clear there is a need for real-time data on where our children stand academically.” – M....

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...