Hosted by Pam Austin, these discussions will feature dialogues with experienced educators, inspiring thought leaders, social media influencers, and leading education innovators.
Nurturing Teachers and Students: Creating a Safe Space for Teaching and Learning in Troubling Times
Today, more children are arriving at school with significant social and emotional vulnerabilities due to the chronic stress and trauma of the pandemic. Our students have experienced stress and trauma in the past, but this moment is unique because the experience is more universally shared. This period is also exceptional because our teachers have experienced the chronic stress, loss, and uncertainty of the pandemic as well as our students. Teachers are often given the role of superheroes in our society, but we cannot ask teachers to give of themselves what they do not have. While it is urgent we address our students’ social and emotional needs, it is equally urgent that we address the needs of our teachers, if they are going to help students.
This podcast will address hands-on activities and strategies for supporting teachers and students with care and connection. Language allows us to identify and express our emotions. Our use of language to assist in our efforts to connect with our students can transform traditional instruction into “trauma-informed” instruction. Language and connection have the power to heal. Connecting with students does not cost money and can create a climate and culture that can change a child’s life.
We Know HOW to Teach Children to Read: Let's DO It!
Too many students in our classrooms struggle with learning to read. This does not need to occur. Research has shown that approximately 95% of all students can be taught to read at grade level, including those with learning disabilities and dyslexia. How can we meet the needs of every student in today’s classrooms? We'll discuss the characteristics of students who become our struggling readers along with research-supported and classroom-proven approaches to successfully address these students' needs.
Getting Reading Right: Why California Overhauled the Way Literacy Is Taught
In 2017, students, teachers, and activists filed a class action lawsuit (Ella T. vs. the State of California) arguing state education officials knew there was a crisis of reading and writing in California public schools, but they failed to develop a plan to address it. That lawsuit resulted in a $53 million settlement—money that didn’t go to the plaintiffs but rather to 75 of the lowest-performing schools in the state.
Listen in as we talk to Margaret Goldberg, a full-time literacy coach, co-founder of The Right to Read Project, and an integral part of how California has overhauled the way reading is taught. You’ll be inspired as Goldberg shares the state’s new approach, process, exciting outcomes, and her experiences watching literacy rates improve.
Goldberg will discuss:
The difference between “then” and “now”—and how a new approach to teaching reading based on Structured Literacy and the science of reading altered the trajectory for thousands of studentsThe process used to deepen teachers’ understanding of the research about reading and how they apply that to coaching Righttoreadproject.com and how you can get involved
Maximizing Equity & ESSER III Funds: Smart Decision-Making for Districts to Accelerate Learning for ALL Students
As districts prepare for the remainder of this school year and the many needs ahead, educators must make crucial decisions for appropriate use of ESSER III funding. However, before purchasing priorities can be planned, there are important questions to ask and new funding parameters to explore that will help all educators make the best decisions to ensure educational equity for every student. Additionally, looking back at last year’s funding decisions can help inform the best use of new funds. Join Lexia® Learning’s Director of State Initiatives, Jon Hummell, and Education Department Relations Manager, Brittany Martin, for an illuminating podcast conversation about strategies and considerations for effectively leveraging relief funding.
In this podcast, our funding experts will discuss:
Determining whether district purchases with previous funds were effective or notLessons learned about the investments districts made so farWhat do these purchasing decisions mean going forward? What are some of the best ways to use ESSER III funds?How can spending decisions improve and advance a district toward equity?And much more!
How Handwriting Supports the Science of Reading
After taking a backseat in the education world for many years, handwriting is back. While assistive technology can help students with writing problems, it does not remove the importance of teaching explicit handwriting. Handwriting reinforces reading and spelling skills, and is linked to reading and spelling achievement. In this insightful podcast, you will learn how handwriting supports the science of reading and strategies educators can use immediately in the classroom to build handwriting into their daily lessons.
In this podcast, listeners will learn:
The connection between handwriting, reading, and writingThe evidence around two “great debates”Printing or cursive? Handwriting or keyboarding? Key recommendations for handwriting instruction
What Assessment Data Tells Us About the Equity Gap
The Equity Gap, or differentials in race, ethnicity, income, language, and background, has become even more prominent during the pandemic. Minority students from low-income communities were among those most affected by the lockdown and the move to remote learning—where they faced social and economic stress in their families and communities. In this important podcast, assessment expert Dr. Roland Good explores the Equity Gap and how it affects assessment data. You will also learn about reporting tools educators can use to discover skill gaps and provide students with the support they need.
In this podcast, Dr. Good will discuss:
How assessment data shows the skills most affected by gaps in equityHow the pandemic affected the Equity GapReporting tools that can help educators disseminate student dataHow to use assessment data to provide differentiation, prepare for state testing, and close skill gapsNext steps to closing the Equity Gap Please join us for this informative and engaging discussion with EDVIEW360 Podcast Host and Education Leader Pam Austin.