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A conversation with Emily Hanford
Susan sits down with education reporter and host of the Education Post podcast, Emily Hanford, examines the big takeaways from her experience on reporting on dyslexia, patterns that emerged from her investigating, the science of reading and why schools don’t align with it more, the theory of how reading works, and the evolution of balanced literacy, phonics instruction and whole language.
“We have to be teaching kids how the written language works to help them become good readers.”
“Family income and poverty affect educational opportunities and outcomes.”
'Hard Words' Education Post Podcast
|Nov 13, 2019|
A conversation with Robert Pondiscio
Robert shares what inspired him to embark upon his esteemed career path and how we must acknowledge and address that children come to school from different places and backgrounds along their language trajectory in our schools. Susan and Robert discuss the latest in education reform, the knowledge gap, how it is only going to get larger as kids move through grades, the limited time we have to correct it, and how to start doing so.
“Language is heavily dependent upon readers making correct inferences about context, and that’s background knowledge.”
“Language is a series of inference-making, that’s all knowledge-dependent. And if we’re not operating from the same base of knowledge, it all breaks down.”
Robert Pondiscio's book:
Robert Pondiscio's articles:
"How knowledge helps", an article by Daniel Willingham
|Oct 30, 2019|
A conversation with Natalie Wexler
What's broken in our education system? Natalie joins Susan for a provocative talk about her latest book, The Knowledge Gap, and how a knowledge-based curriculum can bring equity into the classroom, and students' futures.
“Kids actually love to learn stuff. They love to feel like they’re experts. It does wonders for their self-esteem.” - Wexler
“Once teachers try it and can see what can happen…they’re going to say ‘I’m never going back to what I was doing before.” - Wexler
Natalie Wexler’s books:
Natalie Wexler’s articles:
“Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong: The Case for Teaching Kids Stuff” (The Atlantic, August 2019)
“Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years” (The Atlantic, April 2018)
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|Oct 16, 2019|
About Science of Reading: The Podcast
Welcome to Science of Reading: The Podcast! We bring educators the latest insights from researchers and practitioners in early reading. We believe equity in education begins with reading science.
|Oct 14, 2019|