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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

    Ep. 120: Research-Based Routines for Developing Decoding Skills with Julia Lindsey

    Ep. 120: Research-Based Routines for Developing Decoding Skills with Julia Lindsey

    Talking with Dr. Julia Lindsey is like popping into the classroom next door to chat with your best teacher friend after school. On this podcast, Julia shares what evidence says that young readers need to know to help them decode words efficiently. We discuss foundational reading skills, starting with oral language and print concepts through multisyllabic word reading. Instructional swaps take this conversation to the classroom where Julia tells us what to swap to improve instruction. Efficient and effective instruction is critical when teaching decoding. 
    Resources
    Reading Above the Fray by Dr. Julia B. Lindsey

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

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Book Talk: Reading Above the Fray

    Book Talk: Reading Above the Fray

    Reading Above the Fray: Reliable, Research-Based Routines for Developing Decoding Skills is a must read for all ELA educators Pre-K through 12. Dr. Julia Lindsey outlines the essentials of how children learn to read, the principles of high-quality foundational skills instruction, essential instructional "swaps" to improve reading instruction, and more.

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    • 50 min
    Ep. 119: How Reading Science Works for English Learners with Elsa Cardenas-Hagan

    Ep. 119: How Reading Science Works for English Learners with Elsa Cardenas-Hagan

    Dr. Elsa Cardenas-Hagan joins the podcast to share that reading science works for English Learners. What does it mean to use evidence-based instruction to teach English Learners? Dr. Cardenas-Hagan asserts that every language has its own history, its own culture, its own use. Language supports literacy, and literacy support language. With this cyclical understanding, she explains how to use effective strategies for ALL learners. 

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Book Talk: Literacy Foundations for English Learners

    Book Talk: Literacy Foundations for English Learners

    Literacy Foundations for English Learners prepares educators to enter the classroom with a full understanding of the language and literacy development of English Learners. Remember this:  What's good for English Learners is good for ALL students! 

    In this book talk, Melissa and Lori unpack the elements of an integrated approach to vocabulary learning in content-rich instruction. They consider how word learning strategies help English Learners move toward independence and explore how content-rich vocabulary instruction builds a strong foundation for text comprehension. They bring it together by applying evidence-based vocabulary strategies to practical examples of this approach in the classroom. 
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    • 34 min
    Ep. 118: Rethinking Reading Comprehension with Researcher Hugh Catts

    Ep. 118: Rethinking Reading Comprehension with Researcher Hugh Catts

    In this episode, researcher Hugh Catts discusses his pivotal piece titled Rethinking How to Promote Reading Comprehension | American Federation of Teachers. He asserts, “Reading comprehension is thinking with a book in your hand.” There are three factors that impact reading comprehension: the reader, the text, and the activity (task or purpose). He talks with Melissa and Lori about the role knowledge plays in reading comprehension, the interaction of the knowledge the text demands vs. the knowledge a student brings to a task, and the implications of knowledge in instruction and assessment.

    Resources 


    Rethinking How to Promote Reading Comprehension | American Federation of Teachers Language and Reading Research Consortium Study Listening strategies in the L2 classroom: more practice, less studyConnect with us!


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    • 56 min
    Ep. 117: The Writing Revolution with Authors Judith Hochman and Natalie Wexler

    Ep. 117: The Writing Revolution with Authors Judith Hochman and Natalie Wexler

    The Writing Revolution authors, Judith Hochman and Natalie Wexler, share a 'revolutionary' approach to writing. The best part: It begins at the sentence level AND content knowledge drives the rigor.  Moreover, there is an overlap in reading, writing, and critical thinking. 

    What are the principles of The Writing Revolution?  There are six: 
    Students need explicit instruction in writing, beginning in the early elementary grades.Sentences are the building blocks of all writing.When embedded in the content of the curriculum, writing instruction is a powerful teaching tool.The content of the curriculum drives the rigor of the writing activities.Grammar is best taught in the context of student writing.The two most important phases of the writing process are planning and revising.  
    Resources
    The Writing Revolution, Not for ProfitThe Writing Revolution, The Atlantic, October 2012Writing and cognitive load theory, Natalie Wexler Connect with us!
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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 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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