Teaching, Reading & Learning: The Podcast elevates important contributions to the educational community, with the goal of inspiring teachers, informing practice, and celebrating people in the community who have influenced teaching and literacy to the betterment of children. The podcast features guests whose life stories are compelling and rich in ways that are instructive to us all. The podcast focuses on literacy as we know it (reading and writing) but will also connect to other “literacies” that impact children’s learning; for example, emotional, physical, and social literacies as they apply to teachers and children.
Interview w/ Jessica Pasik
Like many teachers, Jessica Pasik came into the profession for deeply personal reasons and to answer a calling. Also like many teachers, her initial training did not prepare her in evidence-aligned practices. Jessica talks about her “aha” moment, how she saw results with her students, and how it changed her practice forever. From her boots-on-the-ground perspective, Jessica addresses common misconceptions around the science of reading, along with the community and culture necessary to nurture and sustain long-term change.
This lively discussion will resonate with any of us who have traveled the journey to the science of reading. Jessica’s commitment and passion will inspire you, as she reinforces that as educators we always strive to learn, grow, and move forward.
“These are OUR kids, we all own them, we are all responsible for instructing them.” –Jessica Pasik
Interview w/ Maria Murray & Jorene Cook
Dr. Maria Murray and Dr. Jorene Cook are founding members of The Reading League. In this episode, they offer insights into the journey many of us have taken in teaching and parenting, coming from a place of trying to solve a problem to gaining new knowledge and practice. We’ll talk about moving from frustration to advocacy, from curiosity to community, and ultimately to transforming reading instruction through the Science of Reading.
You’ll learn about how The Reading League was formed and some of the incredible events and people that have allowed it to grow from a grassroots group to a national movement.
Interview w/ Dr. Tim Shanahan
Dr. Tim Shanahan’s distinguished career has led him from teaching first grade to leading groundbreaking research panels. With over 200 publications on literacy, his work emphasizes how to improve reading achievement based on the research. He is considered one of the premier literacy educators, is widely followed through his blog and on social media, and is a sought-after speaker. In this episode, Tim reflects on his legacy, his ongoing work, and what he sees as our greatest challenges in the teaching profession.
Interview w/ Emily Hanford
Over the past few years, APM Reports correspondent Emily Hanford has been researching, writing and broadcasting about reading instruction in the United States, and has elevated the conversation to the national sphere. In this episode, Emily talks about how her educational reporting led her to discover how the system is failing so many children, why her work is striking such a deep chord, and why this is an urgent social justice issue.
Interview w/ Dr. David Kilpatrick
Dr. David Kilpatrick is a psychologist, professor, researcher, and author whose contemporary work greatly influences our understanding of reading instruction and assessment in today’s classrooms. He speaks to sold-out crowds everywhere he goes, and today he’ll talk about influences on his work, understandings and misunderstandings, and his hopes for the future of reading instruction.
Interview w/ Dr. Louisa Moats
Dr. Louisa Moats is a renowned teacher, psychologist, researcher, and author. In this episode, she talks
about her beginnings in the field, why there are still barriers to translating evidence to teaching practice,
the essential next steps we need to take to ensure all teachers can teach all kids to read, and her
greatest hopes for the teachers and children of this country.