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About Joyce Rankin

"The most important role of a teacher is to prepare students to become successful readers."
​- Joyce Rankin

Joyce grew up in Allen Park, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Inspired by her 5th-grade teacher, she told her parents, at age 10, that she wanted to be a teacher. Following graduation with a degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, she began her teaching career in the fifth grade. She received her Master’s Degree and Administrative Credential from California State University at San Jose and served as an elementary school Principal.

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"The Denver Post editorial board would like to see what Joyce Rankin can do to push elementary school literacy with another term on the state Board of Education."

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Handwriting Takes Thinking

Did you know that handwriting isn't taught in some classrooms? In my opinion, some teachers have thought, mistakenly, that students need to learn how to use a computer keyboard rather than teaching them how to write.

It's Always Something...

Last month I said I would confront the “Reading Wars”; the debate over the best way to teach our children to read. Since then, we've had unexpected disruptions in education because of the Coronavirus.

Read This...

If you think you’ve heard enough about reading and you’re OK with the fact that only 40% of our third graders are reading at grade level stop reading right now.


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Joyce's Endorsements 

Joyce Rankin is proudly endorsed by the The Denver Post, and Stand for Children.