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/ Rupen Fofaria
As a student growing up with a learning difference, Rupen Fofaria brings a particular empathy and vulnerability to his writing. He offers a storyteller’s sensibility in his reporting, and his work truly embodies the Gandhi quote he lives by: “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” In this podcast episode we’ll dig into the power of story, Rupen’s background and influences (including his life-changing moment with Mr. Boggs), and the journey that has brought him to focus his reporting on the intersection of literacy and equity.
Interview w/ Deborah Jacobson
Our guest today is Deborah Jacobson, a special education attorney from Berkeley, California who came to my attention when I read about a lawsuit against Berkeley Unified School District for not serving the needs of students who struggle to learn to read. We’ll talk about what led to the legal action, the terms of the settlement, and what this might mean for districts across the country and for the future of our children.
Interview w/ Audie Alumbaugh
Audie Alumbaugh is an extraordinary advocate for the children of Arkansas, traveling the state supporting families as they navigate the education system, and working with legislators and the governor to pass important legislation over the last ten years. In this podcast episode, she’ll share her journey and her relentless pursuit of literacy for all; as she states, “society will not rest until we get this fixed.” You will leave this podcast inspired and moved.
Interview w/ Kelly Butler
I’ve known Kelly for several years and have had the good fortune to work with her on several projects. I find her a passionate leader in advocating for evidence-based and equitable instruction for all students, with true devotion to her home state of Mississippi. In this episode, you’ll learn about the Mississippi success story (including lessons learned), Kelly’s professional journey, and the five credos she lives by.
Interview w/ Shawn Robinson
Shawn Anthony Robinson has an amazing and inspiring story to tell. In this episode, you’ll learn about his journey from special education to learning to read, then going on to receive bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees. You’ll also hear about the scope and impact of his work, which he describes as the intersection of race, giftedness, and dyslexia. Finally, you’ll meet “Dr. Dyslexia Dude,” his autobiographical superhero graphic novel series.
Interview w/ Jeannine Herron
Jeannine Herron has led a remarkable life. She is an accomplished neurobiologist, educator, research psychologist, software developer, author, and entrepreneur. In this episode you’ll learn about her involvement in the civil rights movement and how this led to directing the first Head Start program, her family’s year-and-a-half sailing journey to West Africa, her groundbreaking research, and her current work. Jeannine continues her relentless devotion to the cause of literacy for all, and her greatest hope is a “literacy revolution.” This episode is a fascinating look at a fascinating life.
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This is so great for my endeavors to really help my fellow co-workers learn about the science of reading and adopt some new practices to help our readers.
Thanks for always sharing such good information and keeping me motivated to fight the good fight.
Love love these interviews!! I teach and train teachers to support students with dyslexia. These podcasts are included in my trainings to our teachers. I come here for inspiration and more resources. As an educator I would love to see the Nebraska Dyslexia Association highlighted or a representative interviewed to promote advocacy here. Thank you!
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I am an Orton-Gillingham Fellow who trains teachers and works in public schools. I love Laura’s warm interview style, and I always learn something new from these wonderful episodes. Every teacher, school leader, parent, and policy maker who cares about bringing the science of reading to all children will enjoy this podcast. My all-time favorite interview is with Dr. Shawn Anthony Robinson. Thank you, Laura!