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Hi teacher friends! We are Melissa and Lori, two literacy educators in Baltimore. Our purpose is to bring teachers together in a positive way to share successes and struggles with Wit and Wisdom curriculum implementation. We are SO excited to talk with you!

Melissa and Lori Love Literacy Melissa Loftus and Lori Sappington

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Hi teacher friends! We are Melissa and Lori, two literacy educators in Baltimore. Our purpose is to bring teachers together in a positive way to share successes and struggles with Wit and Wisdom curriculum implementation. We are SO excited to talk with you!

    Ep. 40: See ya 2020! Welcome 2021!

    Ep. 40: See ya 2020! Welcome 2021!

    Melissa and Lori reflect on the highs and lows of 2020, and share who they'd like to pod with in 2021!  Join us to reflect and reset as we begin the new year. 

    • 51 min
    Ep. 39: Discussing Dyslexia with Liz Hembling

    Ep. 39: Discussing Dyslexia with Liz Hembling

    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...

    • 55 min
    Ep. 38: Success amidst a Pandemic in Sioux City, NE

    Ep. 38: Success amidst a Pandemic in Sioux City, NE

    Tracy Heilman, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment in Sioux City, NE, shares how her district shifted from a standards-driven, balanced literacy approach to Wit & Wisdom ELA. She's led the charge during COVID to transitioning both...

    • 55 min
    Ep. 37: Meredith Liben & Sue Pimentel on the Standards, Assessment, & Data

    Ep. 37: Meredith Liben & Sue Pimentel on the Standards, Assessment, & Data

    The article Placing Text at the Center of the Standards-Aligned ELA Classroom is a must-read before or after listening to this podcast!  Meredith Liben and Sue Pimentel share the true intentions of the CCSS vs. the way they are currently interpreted....

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep. 36: 'Twas the Night Before Back to School with City Schools Teachers, Kyair & Katie!

    Ep. 36: 'Twas the Night Before Back to School with City Schools Teachers, Kyair & Katie!

    Kyair and Katie are just exceptional humans with the biggest hearts! Two fabulous teachers from Baltimore join us (again!) to chat about virtual school, share tips and tricks for virtual learning, the benefit of having HQIM during this unprecedented...

    • 1 hr
    Ep. 35: Jared Myracle: We ALL Agree with you... Reading Assessments DO Need an Upgrade!

    Ep. 35: Jared Myracle: We ALL Agree with you... Reading Assessments DO Need an Upgrade!

    Jared shares the process and focus on curriculum adoption and implementation during his time as CAO of Jackson-Madison County Schools, where he learned that "people want better, but they don't like different." He unpacks his latest post, Reading...

    • 48 min

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4.7 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

KinderStall ,

This is the best podcast...

If you love literacy or teach literacy then you should definitely be listening to this podcast!

So Much to Learn! ,

Loving it!

I’m learning so much about Wit and Wisdom - and ELA in general! I love the interviews and real world insights the teachers and literacy experts provide. Thanks, Melissa and Lori!

LiteracyFan ,

Real and Inspiring

Thank you for interviewing Baltimore City teachers - they're doing impressive work! So appreciate the real talk about what's challenging.

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