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/ Tracy Weeden
Dr. Tracy Weeden leads us into a deeply personal and honest discussion around her work and her passion, particularly the conviction that literacy is the currency of the 21st century and that we need to educate ALL of our children well so that they can have a “place at the table.” Tracy talks about her beginnings as the oldest of seven children (her “first classroom”) and “Bessie’s Book Club” as early influences. Her words of wisdom include acknowledging that we don’t know what we don’t know so we must strive to be “better not bitter.” She defines memorable acronyms for FEAR and FAITH, and advises young people to not answer the question, “What do you want to do?” but answer the question “How do you want to change the world?”
Tracy has indeed done her part to change the world, and for that we are grateful. This discussion will inspire, motivate, and touch your heart.
Interview w/ Jan Hasbrouck
Jan Hasbrouck is a well-known and respected researcher, teacher, and author, with a career dedicated to serving students. In this episode, you’ll learn about her beginnings and early influences as a teacher, how her work continues to evolve, and her commitment to remaining humble, curious and collaborative. This is a delightful conversation with a very generous educator whose work has positively impacted teachers and children everywhere.
Interview w/ Dusty & Dott
What do a dog, a girl, and a robot have in common? First and foremost, Dusty, Dott, and Alphabott are best friends. But they are also reading buddies! Dusty loves to talk, but learning to read is a new skill. With the help of Dott and Alphabott, he discovers that it can be so much fun! Along the way, the friends practice letters, sounds and reading words, improvise stories, get letters from their globe-trotting friend Otto, practice social skills, and so much more.
Interview w/ Pam Kastner
Dr. Pam Kastner is one of the most generous teachers in the field of reading, sharing her unparalleled collections of resources, hosting learning events, and serving as a literacy leader in her state of Pennsylvania and nationally. She is a true “teacher’s teacher,” believing in and providing multiple points of entry to teachers in their professional learning.
In this podcast episode, Pam discusses ways to support our collective efficacy. She also unpacks the idea that sometimes behavior can persuade belief. Pam’s thoughts and words will touch a chord, as she imparts some great words of wisdom: Be kind, celebrate wins along the way, and keep all of our work anchored to kids. We are helping them become the person they are meant to be.
Pam considers herself a “literacy warrior.” She is indeed.
Interview w/ Linnea Ehri
When we think of those people who have made significant contributions to teaching and learning, and specifically to our understanding of how children learn to read, Dr. Linnea Ehri is at the top of the list. From her work with the National Reading Panel to her contributions toward our understanding of young children’s language development, she continues to provide clarity on some of the most important and relevant issues in reading instruction.
In this podcast episode, Dr. Ehri talks about the movement of our profession from whole language theories to evidence-based practices, fighting the “bark at words” characterization of phonics instruction, and the stories behind the National Reading Panel report. She also sheds light on accessing words “by sight,” and the importance of making the connections between phonemes and graphemes that form the “glue” which stores words in memory. Finally, she shares why she insists on “phases” rather than “stages” in her seminal work.
Dr. Ehri’s best advice for novice researchers is to be both persistent and collaborative; these qualities characterize her decades-long work in this field. All of us engaged in this work will benefit from hearing from Dr. Ehri, whose contributions continue to impact educators worldwide.
Interview w/ Maryanne Wolf
Dr. Maryanne Wolf is one of the most recognized and respected international figures in the field of literacy. She is an author, researcher, and educator whose work has had a profound impact on our understanding of the reading brain, dyslexia, and effective reading instruction. She is a passionate advocate for teachers and children, and believes that literacy is a basic human right across every zip code.
This conversation is rich with big ideas on many topics, including multiple literacies, the importance of the printed page, and the miracle of communication. Maryanne underscores and exemplifies the richness of living a literate life, and the joy of curiosity and learning.
Thanks for the excellent guest list. David Kilpatrick gave me the tools to teach a particular child read fluently. God bless him!
Love the Research-Very Phonics Biased-
As educators, we need more people speaking and sharing information across the profession. This podcast has great guests who are published and have vast experiences in the field.
My 3 rating comes from the disappointment in the lack of concrete skills and techniques needed to better teach reading using these research based methods!
I learned so much...Thank you!