Bronx schoolteachers brush up on reading techniques

Many New York City teachers spent their Sunday sitting in classrooms, getting an education of their own. More than 500 dedicated teachers attended the annual Reading Reform Foundation (RRF) Conference in Manhattan, taking part in workshops to learn new techniques, all based on furthering the use of phonics.Currently, the Department of Education uses a different system to teach youngsters to read and write, but the RRF says its methods compliment the city-mandated curriculum, rather than undermine it.Many Bronx teachers say that phonics have worked wonders for struggling students. So far, only one Bronx school, PS 67 has formally invited RRF instructors to work with its faculty.

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