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Science of Reading: The Podcast will deliver the latest insights from researchers and practitioners in early reading. Via a conversational approach, each episode explores a timely topic related to the science of reading.

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Science of Reading: The Podcast will deliver the latest insights from researchers and practitioners in early reading. Via a conversational approach, each episode explores a timely topic related to the science of reading.

    S5-E10: Training the next generation of Science of Reading educators with Dr. Amy Murdoch

    S5-E10: Training the next generation of Science of Reading educators with Dr. Amy Murdoch

    Dr. Amy Murdoch is the assistant dean of Reading Science in the School of Education at Mount St. Joseph University. She received her doctorate in school psychology with an emphasis in early literacy from the University of Cincinnati. In this episode, she chats with Susan Lambert about creating prominent graduate and doctoral programs in the Science of Reading, and the responsibility of training the next generation of early literacy educators. She discusses how she has seen Science of Reading interest escalate, shares her hopes for the future of reading science in schools, and offers advice for those who are new to the Science of Reading and/or exploring an advanced degree rooted in reading science.

    Show notes:

    Beginning to Read by Marilyn Adams
    Meaningful Differences in the Everyday Experience of Young American Children by Betty Hart and Todd R. Risley
    Project Ready! An Early Language and Literacy Program to Close the Readiness Gap - Research article
    Mount St. Joseph University Reading Science Program
    Center for Reading Science

    Quotes:
    "Don't do it alone, try to find community and find people you can, you know, your trusted colleagues that you can bounce ideas off of and grow your learning."
    —Dr. Amy Murdoch

    "Sometimes things are not completely clear and we need to collect more evidence in data and we do the best we can until we kind of refine a practice that we're trying to figure out, especially for children who really have significant struggles with reading."
    —Dr. Amy Murdoch

    "We're all working towards the same goal of helping all children enter the world of reading successfully and continue that path of reading successfully."
    —Dr. Amy Murdoch

    • 42 min
    S5-E9: Making every day a "wins day" with Grammy-winning educator Mickey Smith Jr.

    S5-E9: Making every day a "wins day" with Grammy-winning educator Mickey Smith Jr.

    Mickey Smith Jr. is an acclaimed Louisiana educator, author, saxophonist, and self-described "solutionist" who feels a strong calling to help educators and teachers. Mickey, who received the Grammy Music Educator Award in 2020, brings his motivational blend of music and message to this very special episode in which he and Susan Lambert discuss music, perseverance, and finding purpose as educators and human beings. In between interludes of uplifting songs and stories, Mickey shares his proven principles for helping educators create sound connections and culture in today's classrooms. He also describes his methods for providing all-purpose encouragement and offers a tangible approach to finding one's own personal mission statements—or, as he likes to call it, our legacy song.

    Show notes:

    Mickey Smith Jr.  - Website

    See the Sound -  Podcast

    The Keep Going Tour

    Quotes:
    “I want to share some of the things that helped me to keep going, so that someone else won’t miss their next and best steps.”
    —Mickey Smith Jr. 

    “I believe we all have a sound. I think our success comes, number one, from the promises we make and keep with ourselves, but also the authenticity we live out that sound with.”
    —Mickey Smith Jr. 

    “If we all have a sound, ultimately I think our goal should be to create a legacy song.”
    —Mickey Smith Jr.

    “The sound I’m talking about is not the audible but the internal. It’s that thing that leaves an effect with folks beyond what you just teach them. It’s how you reach them.”
    —Mickey Smith Jr.

    • 44 min
    S5-E8: Linguistic structure: English vs. Spanish: Dr. Desirée Pallais-Downing

    S5-E8: Linguistic structure: English vs. Spanish: Dr. Desirée Pallais-Downing

    Dr. Desirée Pallais-Downing is an assistant professor of instruction in the Bilingual/Bicultural Education Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Having lived in Nicaragua, England, the United States, and Spain, she has experienced bilingual learning across four different countries. In this episode, she differentiates between sequential and simultaneous bilingualism, and the importance of assessment in the home and second languages before diving deep into the linguistic structures of Spanish vs. English. She also offers advice for non-Spanish speakers on the best ways to support Spanish speakers.

    Show notes:

    Dr. Desirée Pallais-Downing - Website

    Quotes:

    "The way we position students in our classrooms can open or close opportunities for them to shine. When we bring in their knowledge and cultural experiences, we open more opportunities for them to be successful."

    - Dr. Desirée Pallais-Downing

    "There's very strong research on how language and literacy skills are transferable from Spanish to English, and that transfer from Spanish to English is not automatic."

    - Dr. Desirée Pallais-Downing

    • 42 min
    S5-E7: Unlocking change through literacy legislation: Dr. Kymyona Burk

    S5-E7: Unlocking change through literacy legislation: Dr. Kymyona Burk

    Dr. Kymyona Burk is Policy Director for Early Literacy at the Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd). In this role, she supports states pursuing a comprehensive approach to K–3 reading policy. She joins host Susan Lambert to give listeners a look behind the curtain of the legislative process creating education policy, including writing and passing literacy legislation, the politics of advocating for the Science of Reading within legislation, and what the results look like for states that have this legislation in place.

    Show notes: 

    ExcelinEd profile page
    The Perfect Storm: Mississippi’s Momentum for Improving Reading Achievement - The Reading League Journal

    Amplify’s Virtual Symposium 2022 - Celebrating Biliteracy: Realizing a Better Future for Our Spanish Speakers

    Quotes:

    “A literacy law is an equity law … there has to be some type of consistent language around what effective reading instruction looks like in classrooms.”

    — Dr. Kymyona Burk

    • 49 min
    S5-E6: Why skepticism is essential to the Science of Reading, with Dr. Claude Goldenberg

    S5-E6: Why skepticism is essential to the Science of Reading, with Dr. Claude Goldenberg

    Claude Goldenberg joined the podcast to introduce what he argues is much-needed skepticism to the conversation of reading science. Goldenberg mentions that while the Science of Reading may be the latest buzzword, reading science is here to stay and, like any other science, will only grow stronger alongside informed critique. He later talks about the foundational skills and what the movement can learn from the failings of Reading First; offers advice for implementation; and ends with a hopeful note, highlighting that all educators can come together around a shared mission to see students succeed. 

    Show notes: 


    Quote: 
    “If we listen, if we communicate clearly, if we pay attention, giving people the benefit of the doubt that what they want is for all kids [to succeed], I think we can move forward.”
    — Dr. Claude Goldenberg


    Lessons Learned? Reading Wars, Reading First, and a Way Forward by Margaret Goldberg and Claude Goldenberg


    Reading Wars, Reading Science, and English Learners by Claude Goldenberg


    Amplify’s Virtual Symposium 2022 - Celebrating Biliteracy: Realizing a Better Future for Our Spanish Speakers


    Teaching All Students to Read: Practices from Reading First Schools With Strong Intervention Outcomes by Elizabeth Crawford & Joseph Torgesen


    Catch Them Before They Fall by Joseph K. Torgesen

    • 1 hr 7 min
    S5-E5: Implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support with Dr. Brittney Bills

    S5-E5: Implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support with Dr. Brittney Bills

    Susan Lambert is joined by Dr. Brittney Bills, educator and recent Science of Reading Star Award Winner to discuss MTSS. Dr. Bills began her journey as a school psychologist for six years before transitioning to the role of curriculum coordinator at Grand Island Public Schools. In this episode, Dr. Bills explains what MTSS is and how it centers on prevention rather than intervention. She talks about the intersection of universal screening data and MTSS and provides advice on evidence-based strategies and techniques to make a positive impact in your classroom. Using examples from her own district, Dr. Bills discusses avoiding burnout, learning to use data, and the process of ongoing improvement.

    Show notes:

    Learn more about the Science of Reading for English learners at Celebrating Biliteracy: Realizing a Better Future for Our Spanish Speakers. Register here!

    • 55 min

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