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This podcast is for educators interested in the science of reading who want to hear the latest research on teaching reading and writing and learn how to make it practical for your classroom. Our guests include some of the most well-known literacy researchers and experts, as well as teachers and leaders doing the hard work every day! 


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We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)From Sep 21, 2020The article Placing Text at the Center of the Standards-Aligned ELA Classroom is a must-read before or after listening to this podcast! Meredith Liben and Sue Pimentel share the true intentions of the CCSS vs. the way they are currently interpreted. They also provide observations about how the Standards play out in classrooms and schools - within HQIM and...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)In this episode, Meredith and David Liben discuss the importance of comprehension instruction, the power of questions, and the practice of close reading. They emphasize the value of curiosity, vocabulary depth, and the features of complex text. The conversation also delves into the debate around teaching comprehension strategies, the overemphasis on reading strategies, the impa...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)Unlock the potential of your ELA instruction by shifting to a knowledge-rich curriculum! Join us as we sit down with David Liben, co-author of Know Better, Do Better, to hear stories about knowledge-building goodness. David highlights how incorporating vocabulary, morphology, syntax, and comprehension can bring joy and engagement to your classroom. Discover how diverse topics l...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)Kim Lockhart, Canadian educator, shares her top three book recommendations. The first recommendation is 'Next Steps in Literacy Instruction' by Susan Smart and Deb Glaser, which focuses on the multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) model and effective interventions. The second recommendation is 'Why Don't Students Like School?' by Daniel Willingham, which explores the science o...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)Read Not Guess is a FREE program designed for parents to help their children improve their early reading skills. The lessons are short and simple, taking only 5 to 10 minutes per day. The program is email-based, with parents receiving a daily email with the lesson of the day. There are two levels available, with level one for true beginners and level two for more advanced learn...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)Melissa & Lori discuss questions about reading comprehension from our new book, The Literacy 50: A Q&A Handbook for Teachers, and provide research-based answers and practical suggestions. We talk about the place of sustained silent reading in the school day and the best ways to assess a student's comprehension. We also discuss the concept of reading volume and how to su...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)Melissa & Lori discuss questions about phonemic awareness from our new book, The Literacy 50: A Q&A Handbook for Teachers. We talk about best practices for teaching phonemic awareness and whether to teach it with or without naming and showing letters. Additionally, we address the misconception that introducing letters in phonemic awareness instruction means transitionin...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)The tables are turned on us in today's episode! Anna Geiger interviews us about our new book, The Literacy 50. You might know Anna as The Measured Mom and host of the Triple R Teaching podcast. We loved divulging why we wrote the book, how educators can use it in classrooms and schools, and we even answer some hot topic questions! We wrote a book! The Literacy 50-A Q&A...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)Today's sneak peek episode gives you a behind the scenes look at why we wrote this book, the questions we answer, and resources we crafted just for you! We wrote a book! The Literacy 50-A Q&A Handbook for Teachers: Real-World Answers to Questions About Reading That Keep You Up at Night Facebook and join our Facebook Group Twitter Instagram Don't miss an epi...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)Unlock the potential in every multilingual learner as Claude Goldenberg, renowned professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, joins us to dispel myths and share crucial strategies in literacy education. Delve into the complexities of teaching reading to students mastering English, where educational rights meet the science of literacy. We promise a journey through th...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)We discuss various models for teaching English learners to read with Magdalena Zavalia, CEO of the PAF Reading Program. We explore different types of models, including monolingual programs, transitional bilingual education, and dual language immersion. Magdalena emphasizes the importance of understanding students' needs and goals when implementing a dual language program....
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)From August 5, 2022Dr. Elsa Cardenas-Hagan joins the podcast to share that reading science works for English Learners. What does it mean to use evidence-based instruction to teach English Learners? Dr. Cardenas-Hagan asserts that every language has its own history, its own culture, its own use. Language supports literacy, and literacy support language. With this cyclical unders...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)In this conversation, Stephanie Stollar discusses the implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS). MTSS is a framework for school improvement that helps to provide support for students with various needs. The MTSS framework focuses on using data to identify barriers to student performance and making plans to eliminate those barriers. Stollar explains that wor...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)In this episode, Savannah Campbell, a K-5 reading specialist, shares practical spelling tips for teachers. She emphasizes the importance of having students say the sounds or syllables as they spell, as it helps develop sound-symbol correspondence. Savannah also recommends interleaving, which involves practicing both new and old spelling skills to ensure mastery. Savannah also d...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org) Pam Kastner discusses the connection between spelling and reading. She emphasizes that teaching spelling is teaching reading, as spelling is a higher linguistic skill that requires complete and accurate recall and memory for words. Spelling helps students understand the internal structure of words and improves their reading abilities. She suggests using instructional rout...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)From 3/4/2022We’ve been asked about spelling and the connection to reading science more times than we can count. Today, we talk with expert J. Richard Gentry, author of Brain Words and blog contributor to Psychology Today: Raising Readers, Writers, and Spellers (An Expert Guide for Parents).He tells us all about spelling and how it connects to our speech and language syst...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)In this episode, Jessica Farmer shares tips for teaching heart words. She explains the importance of blending and introduces the concept of continuous blending. Jessica defines heart words as high-frequency words with irregular or temporarily irregular spellings. She emphasizes the need to follow a scope and sequence and provides a routine for introducing new heart words. Jessi...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)Julie VanLier and Dr. Svetlana Cvetkovic discuss their experiences and successes teaching phonics. They both highlight the importance of a speech-to-print approach and the impact it has had on their students' reading and spelling abilities. The conversation also delves into the principles of speech to print and the scope and sequence of instruction. They emphasize t...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org)From August 12, 2022Talking with Dr. Julia Lindsey is like popping into the classroom next door to chat with your best teacher friend after school. On this podcast, Julia shares what evidence says that young readers need to know to help them decode words efficiently. We discuss foundational reading skills, starting with oral language and print concepts through multisyllabic wor...
We would love to hear from you! Send us a message (if you'd like a reply, email us at literacypodcast@greatminds.org) Yvette Manns discusses the schwa and its importance. She shares insights from her book, The Not So Lazy Schwa, and explains how it helps children understand the schwa sound. Yvette also tells all about National Schwa Day, a holiday she created to celebrate language and literacy in schools. She provides suggestions for celebrating the day and highlights the resources avail...
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