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Books and Toolkits


Mark S. Seidenberg, Vilas Research Professor and Donald O. Hebb Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, continues his commitment to using science to inform educational practice in his most recent book. Preorders for a January, 2017 publication are available on many sites.

Former Milwaukee Public Schools principal Anthony Pedriana writes:
I discovered a fundamental disconnect between what the research recommended, and what normally happened in classrooms. When it came to meeting the needs of at-risk children, mixed messages seemed to abound.

I decided to conduct my own exploration into the matter in the hope of discovering a coherent message about which all reading practitioners might unite.

Click here to visit Anthony Pedriana's website








Click here to read more about the Eides' theory for the positive potential of dyslexia.


    











Philip Schultz, Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry, has written a memoir about discovering his dyslexia. Click here for purchase information.






Chapter 5, Literacy Achievement in the Primary Grades In High Poverty Schools, by Louisa Moats and Barbara Foorman from
Literacy Achievement in the Primary Grades in High Poverty High Schools: Lessons Learned from a Five-Year Research Program, S.B. Neuman
, ed. Brookes Publishing, in press

Dyslexia Toolkit from National Center for Learning Disabilities

International Dyslexia Association Fact Sheets

Excerpt from The Good School, by Peg Tyre
Reading: what it takes to succeed

How to teach sight words to kids with dyslexia

Complete Guide to Understanding the Importance of English and Maths Education in Education and Beyond, Midkent College, England


Video

NEW: Literacy How videos show embedded mentoring in CY classrooms

Early Education and the Brain: Making Novel Connections, Bruce McCandliss at AERA, Dec. 6, 2016

NPR's series on dyslexia. Beginning Nov., 2106

Lessons from a Quarter Century of School Vouchers, Marquette University Law School forum, Nov. 30, 2016

Connecticut Commission on Children: successfully addressing the achievement gap in reading in CT, April 22, 2016

Earl Oremus Video: Why Wait for Failure? August 18, 2015 presentation on preventing reading failure

Dr. Nadine Gaab discusses the brain basis for early dyslexia screening, Decoding Dyselxia-MA

Skillwise videos on practical skills in reading, spelling, grammar, writing, and listening/speaking from BBC

Transforming Literacy Panel: Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee, October, 2015

How the brain learns to read, Stanislas Dehaene

Children of the Code video interviews with leading reading professionals and video series on reading topics

Local non-profit helps adults learn to read, Radio Milwaukee highlights Literacy Services of WI

Dyslexia - Different for a Reason, Dyslexic Advantage

Turning failure into success in a high poverty school in South London, Janet Hilary

Successfully teaching reading and spelling to all students, Theresa Plummer

Preventing Literacy Failure and Moving the Whole Bell Curve Up, Alison Clarke

What's Wrong with Predictable or Repetitive Texts? Alison Clarke

Mrs. Calabrese's Teaching Channel Christine Calabrese

Louisa Moats accepting Learning Difficulties Australia's Eminent Researcher award, 2015

Dyslexia - Different for  Reason

Science of Dyslexia Congressional Hearing, September 18, 2014

Dyslexia PSA: ORBIDA

Center helps children with dyslexia better cope, FOX 6 NEWS, Milwaukee, May 6, 2014

Embracing Dyslexia, a documentary film

Wis. State Superintendent Tony Evers makes appeal for Common Core

NCLD interview with Philip Schultz, author of My Dyslexia

Model school aims to retrain teachers in ABCs of reading instruction,  PBS News Hour
 
Ed Bray, 89-year old veteran, learns to read, CBS News video

What is Dyslexia?
Informational video from National center for Learning Disabilities

Minnesota Reading Corps
2012 kickoff

Education Olympics
from Students First, August, 2012

Groves Academy video series on reading, dyslexia, and related topics

Reading and the Brain
with Christopher Kaufman, PhD, October 24, 2011

Marquette university conference
on meeting the higher standards of the Common Core, featuring David Driscoll, May 22, 2012

DPI Webinar Series for Reading Specialists: Six archived 20-minute videos available to the public

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State Superintendent Tony Evers interviewed by Wisconsin Public Television, "Here and Now"  on the Report of the Read to Lead task force, January 6, 2012

Cheryl Ward, President of the Wisconsin Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, provides information on dyslexia in an interview on Madison's WKOW television station, October 1, 2011.

Education is Fundamental series presented by Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts

March, 2011
Archived Video Available
Diane Ravitch: The Future of Public Education
Panel Discussion: Getting to A+: Wisconsin's Educational Challenges
Daniel Nerad, Michael Thompson, Joan Wade
Moderator: UW-Madison School of Education Dean Julie Underwood

Adam Gamoran: Educational Inequality in the Aftermath of No Child Left Behind


The Today Show
ran a segment on November 2, 2010 debunking the claims of the video/flashcard product "Your Baby Can Read." NBC reporters talked with ten national reading experts from institutions such as Harvard, Tufts, New York University, and Yale, all of whom disputed the claims of this product. The developer, Dr. Robert Titzer, claims "They're all wrong."

Dr. Nonie Lesaux,  child development expert at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education: “They memorize what’s on those cue cards … It’s not reading.”

Dr. Maryanne Wolf, director of cognitive neuroscience at Tufts University: “It’s an extraordinary manipulation of facts."

Dr. Karen Hopkins, developmental pediatrician at New York University's Langone Medical Center: “I think it’s misleading. I think it’s false, and I think it raises false expectations."

Click here to view the Today Show segment












Video: Reading Crisis In Wisconsin

















Filmmaker Bob Bowdon was interviewed on MSNBC's Morning Joe on April 27, 2010. The topic of discussion is Bowdon's documentary, The Cartel, which explores "what dedicated parents, committed teachers, clear-eyed officials, and tireless reformers are doing to make our schools better for our kids."







May 21, 2010 press conference announcing the results of the 2009 Trial Urban District reading test.




Measuring What Matters:
Holding Teacher Preparation Programs Accountable for Results
Center for American Progress
Thursday, July 29, 2010 web conference on video archive


Radio/Audio


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NEW: Unlocking Dyslexia series, NPR, beginning November 27, 2016

Changes to French Spelling Make Us Wonder: Why is English so Weird?, NPR Fresh Air, February 24, 2016

Wisconsin Public Radio discussion of 2013 NAEP scores, November 13, 2013, call-in by WRC member Steve Dykstra at 23:50

Wisconsin Pubic Radio interview with Sally Shaywitz; June 18, 2013

Wisconsin Public Radio, La Crosse: Newsmakers, Guests Tony Pedriana, Rob Tyvoll, Governor Scott Walker, and James Kuchta discuss the report of the Read to Lead task force; January 11, 2012
Wisconsin Public Radio: The Joy Cardin Show: Guest Philip Schultz; September 8, 2011, 8 AM
National Public Radio: Talk of the Nation: Guest Philip Schultz; September 6, 2011
Wisconsin Public Radio: The Joy Cardin Show: Guest Anthony Pedriana; May 26, 2011, 7-8 AM
Wisconsin Public Radio: To the Best of Our Knowledge: How We Learn, Segment 2: Guest Maryanne Wolf discusses the gift of dyslexia, and Rick Riordan discusses his series of children's books featuring the dyslexic demigod Percy Jackson; April 25, 2010
Wisconsin Public Radio: At Issue with Ben Merens; Guests Mary Newton and Cheryl Ward; March 11, 2010
Wisconsin Public Radio: At Issue with Ben Merens: Guests Steven Dykstra and Cheryl Ward; October 19, 2009
Wisconsin Pubic Radio: Kathleen Dunn; Guests Sara Pace and Cheryl Ward; October 20, 2008

Brock Eide: Dyslexia in the 21st Century: Audio and Slides from 2012 IDA conference presentation

Archived Straight Talk Chats from the Institute for Literacy and Learning including:
Dr. Anita Archer:
Assisting Struggling Readers in Intermediate and Middle School Grades
Dr. Louisa Moats:
Improving Teacher Education in Reading and Language: How Do We Get this Battleship to Turn?
Dr. Joe Torgesen: Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children: Lessons from Successful Schools
Dr. Timothy Shanahan: Differentiation of Reading Instruction
Dr. Patricia Mathes: Taking Effective Intervention to Scale
Dr. Lucy Hart Paulson: Building Early Literacy and Language Skills: Critical First Steps
Dr. Deb Glasner: Planing Professional Development for Positive Reading Success and Growth
Dr. Rollanda O'Connor: Teaching Older Poor Readers to Read Words
Dr. Jan Hasbrouck: Using Assessment Data for RTI Decisions
Dr. Sharon Vaughn: Teaching Older Students with Reading Difficulties
Dr. Randy Sprick: Introduction to School-wide and Classroom Discipline: Getting the year Off to a Great Start
Dr. Ed: RTI: What's Working?
Dr. Louisa Moats: Teaching Those Who Teach Reading: How We Develop Expertise
Dr. Joe Torgesen: Interventions for Struggling Adolescent Readers
Dr. Barbara Foorman: Early Interventions for Struggling Readers
Dr. Marilyn Jager Adams: Soliloquy Learning Reading Assistant
Dr. Jan Hasbrouck: Collaborative Coaching



Newspapers, Journals, and News Releases

NEW: Scott Walker's budget would grant teachers lifetime licenses, JSOnline, February 12, 2017

NEW: Taking our Teachers out to the Wood Shed: Phonics is a Kontrived Kontroversy and our Kids are Getting Shafted, David Ayer, January 29, 2017

"Language at the Speed of Sight" Fights to Reopen Our Closed Book on Literacy, New York Times, Dec. 28, 2016

Stop the Dyslexia Debate, Education Week-Teacher, December 13, 2016

Humphries: Is this Wobegon or Wisconsin?, November, 2016

Hallelujah - MPS is Successful Despite the Data and All the Failing Schools?, MacIver Institute, Nov. 29, 2016

The Ignored Science That Could Help Close the Achievement Gap. The Atlantic, November 4, 2016

On new state test, less than half of public school students proficient or advanced in math and language arts. Wisconsin State Journal, October 19, 2016

State tests: 42% of pupils proficient in English, math, JS Online, October 18, 2016

2016 Forward Exam results, DPI, October 18, 2016

Reading fundamental to success: Literacy should be everyone's concern, experts say, WiscNews.com

Learning Rx settles with Federal Trade Commission for deceptive advertising on brain training, FTC, May 18. 2016

IDA Urges ILA to Review and Clarify Key Points in Dyslexia Research Advisory, IDA, April 14, 2016

Updated Guidance Document from Wisconsin DPI: Dyslexia and Specific Learning Disabilities

Bipartisan Dyslexia Bill Heads to President's Desk, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, February 4, 2016

Milwaukee test scores a 'disgrace,' Duncan says, JSOnline, Sunday, January 24, 2016

How Do New NAEP Scores Compare with Smarter Balanced and PARCC?, Education Reform Now, October 28, 2015

State Results issued for Badger Exam, DPI, January 13, 2016

For dyslexia, writing is often on the wall from birth, Boston's Children's Hospital Vector Blog, December 7, 2015

Lumosity to pay $2 Million to Settle FTC Deceptive Advertising Charges for its "Brain Training" Program, FTC,  January 5, 2016

The concept of "learning styles" is one of the greatest neuroscience myths, Quartz.com, January 3, 2016

Curriculum: The Great Divide among Ed Reformers, Teacher Quality Bulletin Newsletter

Teachers are ovewhelmed, so kids are falling through the cracks, Henry Winkler, The Big Issue, September 17,2015

Teachers Aren't Dumb, Daniel T. Willingham OP-ED in the New York Times, September 8, 2015

The U.S. Is Letting Poor Kids Fall Further and Further Behind in Reading, Slate.com, July 21, 2015
Billions of dollars in annual teacher training is largely a waste, Washington Post, August 4, 2015
Stanford study on brain waves shows how different teaching methods affect reading development,
Stanford Report, May 28, 2015
Bedtime reading could disadvantage other children, academic says, 9news.com.au, May 5, 2015
The way we teach most children to read sets them up to fail,
The Conversation, February 5, 2015
Zaner-Bloser Acquires Superkids K-2 Core Reading Program from Rowland Reading Foundation
, January 15, 2015
It's time to end the fight over Common Core, JSOnline, January 18, 2015
Republican leadership toning down opposition to Common Core,
JSOnline, January 16, 2015
WPRI Poll: 62% in Wisconsin support Common Core, January, 2015
Wisconsin educators visit Highland Elementary to learn about reading corps program, Sun Focus, December 8, 2014
Education minister orders universities to teach phonics or face losing accreditation, The Daily Telegraph, August 10, 2104
Alberta Darling says reading proficiency is 8% at 50 low-income, high-minority schools
,
JSOnline, December 5, 2014
 
At risk students need more help from us, not Washington,
Washington Post, August 29, 2014
Criticize 50 Cent, not Mayweather, JSOnline, August 29, 2014
 Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather, Jr. can help knock out illiteracy, JSOnline, August 25, 2014
Defendants settle FTC charges related to Your Baby Can Read program, FTC, August 22, 2014
A summer of extra reading and hope for fourth grade, The New York Times, August 4, 2014
Scott Walker calls on Legislature to repeal Common Core in January, Wis. State Journal, July 18, 2014
When Will We Ever Learn: Dissecting the Common Core State Standards with Dr. Louisa Moats, Huffington Post, May 24, 2014
 America's educational failings, CNN Global Public Square, May 1, 2014
In Milwaukee's reading crisis, seeds of hope sprout, JSOnline, April 12, 2014
Scrap Senate bill, not Common Core; Green Bay Press Gazette, Feb. 24, 2014
Political Meddling in Schools Doesn't Help; WISC-TV, Madison, Feb. 21, 2014
Uneducated elites to write standards,
Hands editorial cartoon, Wis. State Journal, Feb. 22, 2014
Leave education to educators; Common Core bill terrible
, postcrescent.com, Feb. 22, 2014
Legislature should not undercut Common Core standards,
JSOnline editorial, Feb. 23, 2014
 Scott Walker staff drafted bill aimed at Common Core State Standards,
JSOnline, February 20, 2014
Governor Walker backs bill giving Wisconsin Legislature power to undo, rewrite academic standards, Star Tribune, Feb. 19, 2014
 
Bill would create board to write new academic standards to replace Common Core,
Wis. State Journal, Feb. 19, 2014
State superitendent warns bill could undo Common Core standards,
JSOnline, Feb. 20, 2014
Year-end message from the National Right to Read Foundation, December, 2013
MPS shows slight gain in reading, math scores on national exam,
JSOnline, December 18, 2013
2013 NAEP results steady, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, November
7, 2013
Black students near bottom in nation on benchmark math, reading test, JSOnline, November 8, 2013
National report card: Wisconsin's achievement gap worst in nation, Wisconsin State Journal, Nov. 8, 2013
New data brings fresh round of questions on how to improve education, JSOnline, November 9, 2013
UW researcher surprised by 'magnitude of grimness' of Wisconsin achievement gap, Cap Times, Nov. 9, 2013
 Florida's long-term NAEP gains easily outpace the nation, School Information System, November 12, 2013
Florida students again showing progress on nation's report card, redefinED, November 7, 2013
Language-Gap Study Bolsters a Push for Pre-K, The New York Times, October 21, 2013,
An Industry of Mediocrity, The New York Times, October 20, 2013
Move to Common Core Standards brings more questions than answers, JS Online, October 5, 2013
Another Blast in the Reading Wars:The Guessing Strategy, Washington Post guest blog signed by 40 leading reading researchers and advocates, September 17, 2013
 The Science of Reading and Its Educational Implications, by Mark Seidenberg: Language and Learning Development, Taylor & Francis Online, September, 2013
Wisconsin hopes to mirror Massachusetts' test success for teaching reading, JSOnline, July 20, 2013

 4 Steps to Upgrade Teacher and Administrator Prep Programs, Pioneer Institute, July 18, 2013
Report questions quality of UW-System education schools, JSOnline, June 18, 2013
Common Core Education is Uncommonly Inadequate, The Wall Street Journal, May 27, 2013
The GOP and the Common Core, Defining Ideas, A Hoover Institute Journal, May 29, 2013
Opposition to Common Core standards defies political lines, JSOnline, May 31, 2013
10 percent of kindergartners in Wisconsin need reading help,
LaCrosseTribune.com, May 7, 2013
Help state's kids to read now - or pay later,
JSOnline, December 20, 2012
Finland shows road to educational excellence, delawareonline, October 16, 2012
4 Emerging Trends in Common Core State Standards, Center for Digital Education, October 4, 2012
The Writing Revolution, The Atlantic, October, 2012
Accountability system preview, Wisconsin DPI, July 17, 2012
Student scores slip with new standard, JSOnline, July 17, 2012
Whitt takes on dyslexia, JSOnline, July 14, 2012
ACLU alleges Michigan school district violated students' 'right to learn to read',
Washington Post, July 12, 2012
Michigan students sue district for violating their "right to read",
Christian Science Monitor, July 13, 2012
Using Value-Added Analysis to Raise Student Achievement in Wisconsin,
WPRI Report, April, 2012
Education wake-up call is looming,
JSOnline, June 5, 2012
State must brace for higher classroom standards, expert says,
JSOnline, May 22, 2012
Wisconsin proposal for education waiver found lacking,
JSOnline, May 14, 2012
Reading gap can be closed with proper attention,
JS Online, April 26, 2012
Emphasis on literacy pays off for Brown Deer,
JS Online, April 21, 2012
Separate Reading Exams Await Elementary Teachers,
Education Week, April 18, 2012
This time Wisconsin gets it right, National Council on Teacher Quality, April 3, 2012
New Reading Teachers Should Pass a Reading Test, Bloomberg News, April 1, 2012
Education law signed by Walker focuses on reading, evaluations, JSOnline, April 2, 1012
Bill would help students who struggle with dyslexia, JSOnline, February 16, 2012
MPS wins special-needs education lawsuit, JSOnline, February 3, 2012
Proposal gets serious about raising the bar for student achievement
, JSOnline, January 29, 2012
 
Nonprofit sues UW for access to education school syllabi,
JSOnline, January 26, 2012
Walker says education plans are coalescing, JSOnline, January 19, 2012
Evers statement on legislative proposals on education announced today, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, January 19, 2012

Local officials welcome state reading proposals, Waunakee Tribune e-news, January 11, 2012
Support state reading initiative,
Madison.com, January 9, 2012
Teacher training could be the key to reading achievement in Wisconsin schools,
JSOnline, January 7, 2012
A Literate Nation for 2012,
Patricia Mathes in Huff Post, January 5, 2012
Early literacy screening sought to improve reading
, JSOnline, January 4, 2012
Walker, Evers outline plans to improve reading achievement, JSOnline, January 4, 2012
MPS scores near bottom in national test, JSOnline, December 7, 2011
We should be outraged over test scores
, JSOnline, November 21, 2011
Milwaukee Succeeds announces first financial commitment, first goal, JSOnline, November 16, 2011
Game-changing steps needed to improve reading, JS Online, November 5, 2011
Wisconsin's black students show slight improvement
, JS Online, November 1, 2011
It takes a village to help make gains in reading, JSOnline, October 29, 2011
Words Failed, Then Saved Me,
Philip Schultz, NY TImes, September 3, 2011
Failure requires legislative solution, JSOnline, September 3, 2011
Research favors phonics method,
JSOnline, September 3, 2011
Op-ed writer got it right, JSOnline, September 2, 1002
No single method works for all kids, JSOnline, September 2, 2011 (While we disagree with this writer, this letter is a good example of the arguments made against science-based instruction.)
Task force must address critical issue, JSOnline, August 29, 2011
Science can lead to better readers,
Marcia Henry in JSOnline, August 27, 2011
Where GOP stands in war on triangle
, JSOnline, August 27, 2011
Reading program plans questioned,
JSOnline, August 23, 2011
States Target Early Years to Reach 3rd Grade Reading Goals,
Educational Week, June 29, 2011
Matching workforce to jobs,
JSOnline, June 11, 2011
 5 reasons to believe progress is being made to address reading crisis,
JSOnline, June 11, 2011
Priority should be kids' reading, not politics,
JSOnline, May 24, 2011
Reading: Wisconsin not doing well,
JSOnline, April 13, 2011
Reading instruction focus of task force,
JSOnline, April 9, 2011

Let's talk about reading instruction, JSOnline, February 1, 2011
Wisconsin's academic luster fading, JSOnline, December 25, 2010
Teachers; Better preparation in other countries, JSOnline, December 17, 2010
MPS' failure to properly use data, JSOnline, November 27, 2010
State could learn a thing or two from Florida's school grading system, JSOnline, November 28, 2010
Building a better teacher, JSOnline, November 27, 2010
Schools taking the wrong approach, JSOnline, November 23, 2010
Hold school administrators accountable,
JSOnline, November 16, 2010
Editorial: Marked Improvement; A majority of the students participating in the Summer Reading Project improved. Expand the program.JSOnline, November 1, 2010
Literacy Green Bay, Literacy Partners of Kewaunee County respond to clients' changing needs, GreenBayPressGazette.com, October 6, 2010
Now is the time for education reform,
LaCrosseTribune.com, September 10, 2010
MPS takes few special ed steps, report says; Court-ordered overseer slams district for 'very troubling start';
JSOnline, July 29, 2010
State education policy, like kudzu, is overgrown, JSOnline, July 3, 2010
Thornton tours schools, oversees text purchase: JSOnline, July 1, 2010
Incoming MPS Superintendent Thornton delays vote on textbooks: JSOnline, June 9, 2010
Perky reading textbooks! An MPS culture shift may be afoot: JSOnline, June 5, 2010
MPS, Reading Debate
: JSOnline, June 4, 2010
Reading, There are programs that help children
: JSOnline, May 27, 2010
Wisconsin schools commit to Common Core State Standards
: JSOnline, June 3, 2010
MPS literacy plan gets tentative approval from state: JSOnline, May 27, 2010
The Teachers' Unions' Last Stand: The New York Times, May 17, 2010
With future of MPS, glass is half-full, if only barely:
JSOnline, May 22, 2010
New reading results put MPS near bottom among urban districts: JSOnline, May 20, 2010
How do phonics critics explain test results?: JSOnline, May 2, 2010
School libraries critical to success: JSOnline, April 28, 2010
Chalkboard: Good or bad, reading scores predict future; The Cap Times, April 29, 2010
Don't we get it? Reading is fundamental:
JS Online, April 25, 2010
Learning to read: Genes play biggest role, but teachers matter, study says:
MercuryNews.com, April 22, 2010
Failing schools bill goes to Doyle:
JS Online, April 22, 2010
Will uniform MPS reading textbooks make a difference?:
JS Online, April 17, 2010
Senate OKs bill on failing schools
JS Online, April 15, 2010
Bill would give state superintendent authority to make fixes
JS Online, April 13, 2010
Doyle, lawmakers take new school reform approach,
Wisconsin State Journal. April 12, 2010
State schools chief may get more power 
JS Online, April 11, 2010
Anthony Pedriana: Teach reading the science-backed way: Wisconsin State Journal, April 6, 2010
Progress report cites MPS' resistance to state's improvement efforts; JS Online, March 30, 2010
No more excuses; Focus on reading: JS Online, March 27, 2010
Reading test scores are terrible, but let's not write black kids off: JS Online, March 27, 2010
Let's roll up our sleeves and teacher kids to read
JS Online, March 26, 2010
State's black fourth-graders post worst reading scores in U.S.: JS Online; March 25, 2010
Teachers group pushes back against proposed dyslexia testing mandate; The Cap Times; February 19, 2010
The difficulty of diagnosing dyslexia:
Isthmus; November 19, 2009

Blogs and Twitter Accounts, Online Newsletters

Defending the "D" Word, EDVIEW 360, Louisa Moats, October 21, 2015
Another blast in the reading wars, Washington Post/ guest comment by 40 top reading researchers, educators, and advocates on the Valerie Strauss education blog, September 17, 2013
Reading Recovery success rate in Madison is only 28%
Capitol Conversation on reading reform with UW-Madison psychology professor Mark Seidenberg
Open Letter to the Read to Lead task force addresses critical issues for implementing the Common Core
A second open letter
and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, Reading Program Plans Questioned
Eduphilia/Chan Stroman
Chan Stroman

School Information System


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