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Melissa and Lori Love Literacy is a podcast for educators interested in learning more about the science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum! Join Melissa Loftus and Lori Sappington every Friday as we tackle new ways of thinking about how to teach reading and writing. Most of our experience has been in the classroom from primary through high school, but we also have experience at district and state leadership levels in literacy. Our guests include school-based educators and leaders, district leaders, literacy researchers and experts, and passionate parents and community members. Visit our website: www.literacypodcast.com

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Melissa and Lori Love Literacy is a podcast for educators interested in learning more about the science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum! Join Melissa Loftus and Lori Sappington every Friday as we tackle new ways of thinking about how to teach reading and writing. Most of our experience has been in the classroom from primary through high school, but we also have experience at district and state leadership levels in literacy. Our guests include school-based educators and leaders, district leaders, literacy researchers and experts, and passionate parents and community members. Visit our website: www.literacypodcast.com

    Ep. 126: How a Science of Reading Bill Became a Law … in Virginia!

    Ep. 126: How a Science of Reading Bill Became a Law … in Virginia!

    Virginia Delegate, Carrie Coyner, and University of Virginia Professor, Emily Solari, championed action for a bill (now a law) that put $70 million towards changing colleges of education, professional learning for educators, and curriculum and materials to align to reading science across the state of Virginia. On this podcast, they will share how they accomplished this with 100% agreement from all state representatives, regardless of political party. 


    Resources 
    Virginia Literacy Act 

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    Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum. 

    • 55 min
    Ep. 125: Reviewing Research with Healthy Skepticism

    Ep. 125: Reviewing Research with Healthy Skepticism

    Andrew Watson, educator and author of Learning and the Brain Blog and the book The Goldilocks Map, teaches us how to become healthy skeptics. Cognitive science and literacy intersect as we are inundated with information about reading science, curricular materials, motivation strategies and more. As we learn to discern and distill information, we ask the question: Is there research to support that? There are three steps to the process of unpacking the legitimacy of research. 
    Determine if you trust the speaker. Ask: What is the best research you know of that supports that idea? Review the study. Ask: Is this study a good proxy for my students or scenario? Look for more research! Consider: Which direction does most of the research point me? 
    Resources
    Learning and the Brain Blog by Andrew WatsonThe Goldilocks Map by Andrew WatsonIsn’t Independent Reading a Research-Based Process? Reading Rockets /Tim ShanahanTools to determine validity of research: ConnectedPapers.comScite.aiGoogle Scholar 
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    [Listen Again] Ep. 105: You're Wrong About... Assessment

    [Listen Again] Ep. 105: You're Wrong About... Assessment

    This episode with Lior Klirs connects to Ep. 124: Innovative Assessment with the Louisiana Assessment Team. If you haven't heard this one yet, definitely listen! 


    From original episode (5/6/22)
    This episode is the first in a series on a really important topic: Assessment. How can we debunk the idea of ‘standards-aligned assessments’? What about ‘standards-aligned report cards’? 
    Today’s guest teaches us that when we overfocus on the format of an assessment (i.e. the standards), we miss out on what matters most and lose track of the goal (i.e. comprehension). Comprehension is not a single construct. 

    When we think about assessment data, there are two important questions to ask: 
    Are the data useful? How are we preparing students for assessments? Are we confusing format with goals? The assessment data is a pathway back to the content. In case you’re wondering, here’s where the science of reading comes into play… knowledge building is a necessary and (very) important part of assessment!

    Related Episodes
    Ep. 35: Reading Assessments NEED an Upgrade! Ep. 37: Meredith Liben and Sue Pimentel on the Standards, Assessment, and Data 
    Resources (bulleted list of resources mentioned in the podcast) 
    Garbage In Garbage Out Beyond Multiple Choice conference agenda Jay McTighe Why the Pandemic Experts Failed (The Atlantic) What is the Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom (DIKW) Pyramid?  Researchers blast data analysis for teachers to help students (Hechinger Report) Why State Reading Tests Are Poor Benchmarks of Student Success by Hugh CattsEducational Redlining (Reading Groups) with Sonja Santelises Like most superintendents I cared a lot about test scores. Too much, it turns out. (Chalkbeat) 
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 124: Innovative Assessment with the Louisiana Assessment Team

    Ep. 124: Innovative Assessment with the Louisiana Assessment Team

    Louisiana is a state taking assessment to the next level. In this episode, the assessment team from the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) discusses Innovative Assessments. Reading comprehension is often assessed through cold reads and sometimes familiar topics. The LDOE team tells us how we can change our approach to assessment. We know comprehension is tricky to assess. Why? One word: KNOWLEDGE. Reading science tells us that knowledge is a critical piece of comprehension. Listen as the LDOE team tells how they are innovating to provide equity and respect for teachers and students through assessment. 


    Resources
    Louisiana Guidebooks 

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    • 1 hr
    Ep. 123: Diana Leddy - The Painted Essay

    Ep. 123: Diana Leddy - The Painted Essay

    Diana Leddy of the Vermont Writing Collaborative joins Melisas and Lori to talk about a topic we love: Writing. Specifically, Diana discusses a simple, easy to use tool used to support students with expository writing called The Painted Essay. The Painted Essay works because it helps students understand visually what they are writing and why they are writing it, as well as organize their thinking around a thesis statement. This structure requires students to think about what they want to say and use writing skills to say it. 

    Resources
    The Vermont Writing Collaborative’s Painted Essay Tool The Vermont Writing Collaborative

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    • 42 min
    Ep. 122: Reading as Science AND Art with Tim Rasinski, David Paige, & Chase Young

    Ep. 122: Reading as Science AND Art with Tim Rasinski, David Paige, & Chase Young

    Today Melissa and Lori talk with authors Chase Young, David Paige, and Timothy V. Rasinski, authors of the book, Artfully Teaching the Science of Reading. Teaching artfully means teaching authentically, aesthetically, and creatively. This book shares how to teach the five pillars of reading (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension) artfully. It’s important to really know what you’re doing in order to be artful in your teaching. 


    Resources


    Artfully Teaching the Science of Reading by Chase Young, David Paige, and Timothy V. RasinskiTeaching Reading: A Blend of Art and Science “That Sounded Good!”: Using Whole-Class Choral Reading to Improve Fluency by David Paige Chase Young’s website: Thebestclass.org Ep. 110: Baltimore Secondary Literacy Teachers Talk Fluency Ep. 116: Sonia Cabell on the Importance of Content-Rich ELA Instruction Ep. 62: Effective Fluency Instruction with Tim Rasinski What Works Clearinghouse Young, C., Durham, P., Miller, M., Rasinski, T., & Lane, F. (2019). Improving reading comprehension with readers theater. Journal of Educational Research, 112(5), 615-626.Young, C., Durham, P., Rasinski, T., Godwin, A., & Miller, M. (2021). Closing the gender gap in reading with readers theater. Journal of Educational Research, 114(5), 495-511.Just for FUN: Dropkick Murphys 
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    Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum. 

    • 1 hr 2 min

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