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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

    [Listen Again] Ep. 39: Discussing Dyslexia with Advocate & Mom Liz Hembling

    [Listen Again] Ep. 39: Discussing Dyslexia with Advocate & Mom Liz Hembling

    As part of our Dyslexia Awareness Month series, listen to a previous episode with parent and advocate Liz Hembling. 

    November 24, 2020
    Liz Hembling's daughter, Mia, attended a public elementary school. Liz noticed early on that she struggled terribly learning to read. In second grade, the school placed Mia in a remedial reading group, without communicating this to Liz. When Liz expressed her concerns, she was repeatedly assured that Mia was “on grade level” and “fine.” But... she wasn’t fine.  Liz knew there was something wrong.

    This sent Liz on a quest to understand what's happening in the public school system. How could she create change to ensure all kids could access quality reading instruction and services? Liz joined Decoding Dyslexia Maryland and tirelessly advocates for students and families.

    • 57 min
    BONUS: Parents and Dyslexia

    BONUS: Parents and Dyslexia

    Today we have a special episode featuring four parents from all over the United States. One thing they have in common is that they have children with dyslexia. They are courageously sharing their stories as reading science advocates working for systemic change.  

    Resources
    Dyslexia-specific Resources:International Dyslexia Association The Dyslexia InitiativeThese resources from the International Dyslexia Association are helpful to spread the word on social media about October as Dyslexia Awareness Month! Featuring Parents from Today’s Episode: COKID Colorado Dyslexia advocacy group  Both Sides of the Table,  Dystinct Magazine featuring Erica Kaufmann, July 2022 Behaviors Before Dyslexia, The Dyslexia Initiative, Lauren Taylor

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

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Ep. 127: Richard Gentry, Dyslexia Expert

    Ep. 127: Richard Gentry, Dyslexia Expert

    Dr. J. Richard Gentry, Dyslexia Expert and the “Guru of Spelling,” joins us on the podcast today to discuss dyslexia. Dyslexia is a specific learning disability, neurobiological in origin. It’s the #1 reading disability that manifests itself in a continuum. People with dyslexia have difficulty in accurate fluent reading,  spelling, and decoding abilities. Dr. Gentry shares his personal story of overcoming dyslexia, how dyslexia affects people, and how teachers can help students with dyslexia in the classroom. 


    Resources
    Dr. J. Richard Gentry’s Psychology Today Blog: Raising Readers, Writers, and Spellers Dyslexia Resources from Richard’s Psychology Today Blog: 7 Ways to Accommodate People with Dyslexia in the Classroom Recognizing Dyslexia May Prevent Low Self-Esteem and AnxietyEducators Can Help Young Children Diagnosed with Dyslexia A Guide to Early Markers of DyslexiaThese resources from the International Dyslexia Association are helpful to spread the word on social media about October as Dyslexia Awareness Month! Susan Barton 

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    Facebook and join our Facebook Group Twitter Instagram Visit our website to sign up to stay connected with Melissa and Lori. 
    Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum. 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    [Listen Again] Ep 96: What about Spelling? with Richard Gentry

    [Listen Again] Ep 96: What about Spelling? with Richard Gentry

    In this coming Friday's episode we get to talk to the fabulous Richard Gentry again! This time we talk to him about dyslexia to kick off a series of episodes for Dyslexia Awareness Month. Until then, listen to our first episode with Richard Gentry about the importance of spelling! 

    March 4, 2022
    We’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 system. Moreover, he supplies teachers with practical, meaningful, science of reading-aligned strategies to teach spelling.

    • 56 min
    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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    Facebook and join our Facebook Group Twitter Instagram Visit our website and stay connected with Melissa and Lori!
    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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    Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum. 

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
120 Ratings

120 Ratings

Tncsmommy ,

If you want to learn and grow…this is the podcast!

This podcast simultaneously feels like a warm hug and a kick in the butt to know more, learn more, and to improve practices for all students. Melissa and Lori do an incredible job of bringing out the best in each of their guests and helping to ask the questions that educators would ask themselves if they could.

Agatha Fan! ,

Fantastic Podcast!

Love the guests and how much research is done to let us teachers know what should be done in our classrooms (science of reading practices) instead of what is being mandated to be done (workshop models). Wish we now could get more time for science and social studies content to be given just as much press! Unfortunately these subjects are being pushed off because of time for reading and math focus. Maybe more with thematic units and interdisciplinary units.
Thanks for podcasting!!

viverz911141 ,

Educative, thoughtful, encouraging

I love this podcast! As a former teacher still working in education, I’m constantly in awe with how much I’m still learning in each podcast. The experts in this field are guests, everything is backed by research so it’s indisputable, and the hosts’ questions are thought provoking and relevant. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone but especially to teachers, parents, and leaders in education. So much to learn, so much more to do.

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