Melissa and Lori Love Literacy

Melissa and Lori Love Literacy
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…

Ep. 30: Wild about Wexler: Take 2!
Jun 8 • 58 min
We had the opportunity to talk (again!) with Natalie Wexler about tips for effective remote learning (read her full article located here), the current intersection of students’ virtual learning and strategy-focused instruction (due to lack of…
Ep. 29: Podding with Presley: Why Knowledge Travels Well!
May 20 • 13 min
Listen as second grader Presley shares ‘knowledge nuggets’ about her virtual learning experience with Knowledge on the Go by Great Minds. In only seven short weeks of using a knowledge-based curriculum vs. isolated standards/strategy-based approaches,…
Ep. 28: Bring on the Books! A Conversation with The Maryland Book Bank
May 11 • 22 min
Melissa and Lori chatted with Mark Feiring, the Executive Director of the Maryland Book Bank, to hear how the organization is supporting the community during this time. He shared some fabulous ideas - building partnerships with other community…
Ep. 27: Knowledge Nuggets with Great Minds CAO Rachel Stack
Apr 27 • 65 min
Rachel Stack, CAO of Humanities at Great Minds, talks all things Knowledge on the Go, Great Minds’ free, virtual, knowledge-building lessons led by teachers to support students, teachers, districts, and families in this time of quarantine. We discuss…
Ep. 26: Tim Shanahan Shares about Strategies & Knowledge Building
Apr 19 • 62 min
We talked with the fabulously candid Tim Shanahan about his recent blog post Prior Knowledge, or He Isn’t Going to Pick on the Baseball Study that garnered much attention. Should we teach reading strategies? How important is building knowledge? What are…
Ep. 25: Our New Reality: Schools are Closed!
Mar 21 • 20 min
Once again, Natalie Wexler has inspired a podcast episode! Today, Melissa and Lori discuss the new reality of many - schools are closed, and families and caregivers are wondering how to support their kids at home? Resources: How to Engage Kids and Build…
Ep. 24: Rockin’ Robin McClellan, HQC Cheerleader!
Mar 19 • 46 min
Robin McClellan, is the Supervisor of Elementary Curriculum and Instruction for Sullivan County Public Schools in Sullivan County, TN, but even more importantly is a cheerleader for high-quality curricula (HQC) and a member of Curriculum Matters PLN. In…
Ep. 23: Emily Hanford Epically Defines the Science of Reading
Feb 10 • 63 min
Today Emily Hanford joins Melissa and Lori to define the Science of Reading, addressing the current misinterpretation of the term and what it really means. She shares thoughts on teacher prep programs and where teachers get knowledge about what or how…
Ep. 22: Leading Urgent Change in Baltimore with Dr. Sonja Santelises
Feb 10 • 44 min
Ep. 22: Dr. Sonja Santelises joined us to discuss why she saw the urgent need for change in Baltimore City Public Schools, how she set and supported a clear literacy focus through the Blueprint for Success and high-quality curricula, and the ongoing…
Ep. 21: David Liben: The Man, The Myth, The LEGEND
Jan 27 • 54 min
David Liben discusses why old habits die hard, the impact of knowledge and vocabulary on comprehension, and why we’ve shifted away from leveled text.
Ep. 20: Karen Vaites Brags about Baltimore
Jan 10 • 24 min
In this episode, Karen Vaites and Janise Lane unpack a recent visit to see Wit & Wisdom’s high quality curricula in action Baltimore City Public Schools.
Ep. 19: Getting at the Root of the School to Prison Pipeline with Kate Walsh
Dec 29, 2019 • 49 min
Kate Walsh, President, of National Council on Teacher Quality, joins us today to discuss her recent article, Getting at the root of the school to prison pipeline. She shares details about her visit to the Legacy Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, and how that…
Ep. 18: Baltimore’s Grade Level Reading connects the community to build knowledge
Dec 4, 2019 • 39 min
Join us as we talk with Angelique Jessup, Program Director & Ruth Farfel, Program Associate, at Campaign for Grade Level Reading in Baltimore, MD. Find out how grade level reading has collaborated with City Schools to support high-quality curricula…
Ep. 17: Loving the Learning Mindset in Lorain, OH!
Nov 13, 2019 • 52 min
Today Scott Dieter joins us to share the landscape in Lorain, OH pre-high-quality curricula implementation and the steps his district made to prioritize trust and confidence before and during the implementation process.
Ep. 16: Scaling Literacy Success with Brian Kingsley
Nov 4, 2019 • 43 min
Join us as we hear from Brian Kingsley, CAO of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in Charlotte, NC. Brian shares his thoughts on how effective reading programs should be designed around evidence-based practices, how adopting a high-quality curricula and…
Ep. 15: Addressing Assumptions about Curriculum with Catlin Goodrow
Oct 24, 2019 • 47 min
Catlin Goodrow, consultant at Evidently Reading, addresses common assumptions teachers and leaders have about high-quality curricula.
Ep. 14: What about our Striving Secondary Readers?
Sep 24, 2019 • 49 min
What happens when kids get to high school and are striving readers, struggling to fluently read grade-level text?
Ep. 13: TNTP Shares How to Bridge Curriculum Adoption and Implementation Support
Sep 17, 2019 • 56 min
TNTP’s Kristen McQuillan and Regan Kelly share how important it is to adopt a high-quality curriculum. But… what happens after that? What’s the bridge from adoption to implementation of a new curriculum?
Episode 12: Partners in this Work: Learning with Liz Manolis
Sep 3, 2019 • 66 min
Learning from Liz Manolis’ great mind (see what we did there?) on successful structures for implementation of Wit and Wisdom curriculum including the Spotlight Schools Visit Program to support leadership coaching, trends on implementation successes and…
Episode 11: Disrupting Equity through Access with Bree-L Ukoha
Aug 21, 2019 • 66 min
Melissa and Lori begin the conversation around equity and access with Bree-L Ukoha, a Blueprint Literacy Coach in Baltimore City Schools.
Episode 10: Noticing The #KnowledgeGap with Natalie Wexler
Jul 31, 2019 • 50 min
Today we are live with Natalie Wexler, the author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System–And How to Fix It (LISTENERS - IT’S AVAILABLE TODAY!).
Episode 9: Geodes Rock!
Jul 23, 2019 • 66 min
This episode takes us into the world of Geodes - decodable readers that bridge foundational skills and Wit and Wisdom ELA - through building knowledge and accessible text.
Episode 8: Kyair & Katie Talk REAL Teacher Talk!
Jul 9, 2019 • 61 min
Kyair and Katie share two teacher perspectives on Wit and Wisdom year one implementation!
Episode 7: Why Curriculum Matters!
Jun 28, 2019 • 53 min
Janise Lane, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, shares how Baltimore City Schools used research and strategy to drive the high-quality curriculum implementation of Wit and Wisdom for K-8 schools district-wide.
Episode 6: The Heart of the Curriculum
Jun 16, 2019 • 8 min
Melissa was inspired to share her thoughts on ‘curriculum with heart.’
Episode 5: Mad about Mad River, Ohio!
Jun 6, 2019 • 53 min
Mad River, Ohio shares implementation successes and challenges, providing tangible tips we all can learn from!
Episode 4: Fangirling Natalie Wexler
May 29, 2019 • 17 min
Unpack Natalie Wexler’s articles on building knowledge with us!
Episode 3: Wit and Wisdom Best Beach Reads!
May 20, 2019 • 42 min
Join Melissa and Lori in diving into the K-8 texts and highlighting summer reads (and field trips and experiences!) to be ready for next school year!
Episode 2: Talking Shift 3
May 8, 2019 • 42 min
Why should we care about Common Core Shift 3: Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction? Listen as we interview Wit & Wisdom’s Sarah Woodard… she shares how the curriculum addresses this shift!
Episode 1: Don’t Say the F Word!
Apr 26, 2019 • 42 min
Don’t say the F word… Is fidelity really a bad word when it comes to curriculum implementation?