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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.

    Summer '22 Rewind: Myths and misconceptions about universal screening: Nancy Nelson

    Summer '22 Rewind: Myths and misconceptions about universal screening: Nancy Nelson

    Dr. Nancy Nelson, assistant professor of special education at Boston University, discusses myths and misconceptions around RTI, MTSS, and assessment screening in reading and mathematics instruction. She highlights what tools need to be in place for the RTI system to be implemented well, her work on DIBELS®, and the importance of dyslexia screeners.

    Show notes: 
    DIBELS® at the University of Oregon
    Podcast Survey

    Quotes:

    “Relying on data allows us to engage in a systematic process to implement systems to meet the needs of all kids.”
               —Dr. Nancy Nelson

    • 46 min
    Summer '22 Rewind: Research, comprehension, and content-rich literacy instruction: Sonia Cabell

    Summer '22 Rewind: Research, comprehension, and content-rich literacy instruction: Sonia Cabell

    Join Sonia Cabell, associate professor at the School of Teacher Education at Florida State University, as she shares findings from her research trials on content-rich literacy curricula and discusses whether activating students’ background knowledge alongside explicit phonics instruction is more effective than the traditional approaches. She also describes what constitutes “compelling evidence” in the Science of Reading and explains why students need to interact with both written and spoken language while learning to read.

    Show notes: 
    Florida Center for Reading Research
    Core Knowledge Language Arts
    Writing Into Literacy TEDx Talk by Sonia Cabell
    National Reading Panel Report 2000
    EdWeek Science of Reading article by Sonia Cabell
    Special Issue: The Science of Reading: Supports, Critiques, and Questions
    Live with the Author interview
    The Power of Conversations: Building Primary Grade Students’ Vocabulary and Comprehension in a Changing Educational Landscape by Sonia Cabell
    Twitter: @SoniaCabell

    Quotes:

    “The knowledge that you have about a particular subject matters for your reading comprehension.”
            —Sonia Cabell
    “When I think about content-rich English Language Arts, I think about how we can integrate science and social studies into the language arts in ways that make sense.”
         —Sonia Cabell

    • 51 min
    Summer '22 Rewind: The symbiotic relationship between literacy and science with Jacquey Barber

    Summer '22 Rewind: The symbiotic relationship between literacy and science with Jacquey Barber

    Jacquey Barber, director emerita of The Learning Design Group at UC Berkeley's Lawrence Hall of Science, joins the podcast to discuss her research on the symbiotic relationship between literacy and science, as well as what educators should be looking for in high-quality, literacy-rich science curricula. She also goes into strategies for engaging students, including the do, talk, read, write model, then ends the episode by highlighting the many ways science supports reading.

    Show notes:

    UCLA CRESST

    The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System—and How to Fix It by Natalie Wexler
    No More Science Kits or Texts in Isolation by Jacqueline Barber and Gina Cervetti.

    Podcast Discussion Guide

    Quotes:

    “Literacy is a domain in search of content; science is a domain in need of communication.”
    —Jacquey Barber
    “Develop opportunities for students to learn to read, write, and talk like scientists do.”
    —Jacquey Barber

    • 44 min
    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

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