Science of Reading: The Podcast

Science of Reading: The Podcast

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Science of Reading: The Podcast will deliver the latest insights from researchers and practitioners in early reading. Via a conversational approach, each episode explores a timely topic related to the science of reading.


24. A conversation with Shawn Joseph
Jul 1 • 48 min
Educator, author, and leader Shawn Joseph, shares his passion for social justice and discusses his work advocating for equity in education, shedding light on what he calls the “silent crisis” in literacy instruction. In this episode, you’ll hear about…
23. A conversation with Elizabeth Jiménez Salinas
Jun 17 • 59 min
Multilingual author and expert Elizabeth Jimenez Salinas and host Susan Lambert discuss advocating for underrepresented English Learners (EL), improving dual language instruction, and learned passivity. Elizabeth shares tips for EL students during this…
22. A conversation with Mary Clayman
Jun 3 • 39 min
Join Mary Clayman, Director of the District of Columbia Reading Clinic, and host Susan Lambert, as Mary shares her experience founding one of the first graduate clinical practicums sponsored by a public school system and discusses how it has influenced…
21. A conversation with Jacquey Barber
May 20 • 44 min
Jacquey Barber, director of design & development at UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science, examines her research on the symbiotic relationship between literacy and science and what educators should be looking for in high-quality, literacy-rich…
20. A conversation with David and Meredith Liben
May 6 • 46 min
David and Meredith Liben, nationally recognized reading experts and authors of Know Better, Do Better, discuss their need to find evidence-based solutions, the importance of knowledge and skills instruction, and how to tackle unfinished learning in…
19. A conversation with Laurence Holt
Apr 22 • 37 min
Laurence Holt, language acquisition expert and author of the Learning to Read primers, joins host Susan Lambert to discuss the simple view of reading, how the brain rewires itself to learn how to read, and the importance of background knowledge in…
18. A conversation with Larry Berger
Apr 10 • 48 min
Larry Berger, CEO of Amplify, discusses the use of innovation and technology to inform teaching and learning, his new initiative called Wide Open School, and how we can step back and let this be a time of joy and creativity for kids––letting them…
17. A conversation with Freddy Hiebert
Apr 7 • 43 min
Dr. Elfrieda “Freddy” Hiebert, author and founder of the Text Project, shares insights from her research on vocabulary, the etymology of the English language, and the importance of teaching morphology to enable kids to make…
16: A conversation with Jared Myracle
Apr 1 • 39 min
Jared Myracle, Chief Academic Officer of the Jackson-Madison County School System in Tennessee, shares his district’s experience in adopting the science of reading and navigating the change management process. He stresses the importance of high-quality…
14. Special Episode: A conversation with David Steiner
Mar 25 • 30 min
David Steiner, Professor and Executive Director of the Institute for Education Policy at Johns Hopkins University, and Susan examine how school closures are impacting learning across the nation, how districts are responding to the rapidly-changing…
15. Special Episode: A conversation with Ernesto Ortiz
Mar 25 • 37 min
Ernesto Ortiz, principal at an elementary school in Pennsylvania, discusses how to understand when materials are meaningfully “research-based,” how his school made the shift to the science of reading, and how he is supporting his students with remote…
13. Science of Reading Special Episode: Remote Learning
Mar 18 • 4 min
We’ve been thinking a lot about you — and our hearts go out to you during this confusing and uncertain time. Helping our students continue to learn in this unusual and unsettling situation is not easy. And here at the Science of Reading podcast, we…
12. A conversation with Bruce McCandliss
Mar 18 • 46 min
Susan and Dr. Bruce McCandliss, a professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, chat about combining neuroscience with education. How does neuroscience help us understand the changes going on in the brain of a child learning to…
11. A conversation with Jasmine Lane
Mar 4 • 34 min
Jasmine Lane, a high school English teacher, discusses the importance of equity and education and the disconnect between how teachers feel and what they need to do to push education forward for all students, regardless of their background. She also…
10. A conversation with Nancy Nelson
Feb 19 • 46 min
Dr. Nancy Nelson, Research Assistant Professor at the Center on Teaching and Learning at the University of Oregon, discusses myths and misconceptions around RTI, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), and universal screening in reading…
9. A conversation with Carolyn Strom
Feb 5 • 53 min
Carolyn Strom, Professor of Early Childhood Literacy and Innovation at NYU, discuss her research and interviews with pre-school teachers and how students learn to read, her view on the science of reading and the cognitive science behind it all. She shares…
8. A conversation with Tim Shanahan
Jan 22 • 34 min
Literacy expert and author Tim Shanahan discusses his views on teaching reading in middle school as an extension of evidence-based early literacy practices.
7. A conversation with Anne Lucas
Jan 8 • 31 min
What is the missing link in reading comprehension? Anne Lucas, former curriculum director and current product manager of Amplify Reading, discusses the multifaceted nature of comprehension, why it’s so difficult to teach, a teacher’s powerful “eureka!…
6. A conversation with Emily Lutrick
Dec 24, 2019 • 39 min
Emily Lutrick, a PreK-5 Curriculum and Dyslexia Coordinator with almost 20 years of experience in education, examines the facts and fictional myths of dyslexia, how early is too early to screen for dyslexia, and how to identify the signs and risk factors.…
5. A conversation with Lois Letchford
Dec 11, 2019 • 42 min
Summary: Lois Letchford, author of Reversed: A Memoir, shares personal accounts of her son’s struggles with learning how to read as well as her own in school with dyslexia. After being told by a teacher that her son was “the worst child [she’s] ever…
4. A conversation with Tim Rasinski
Nov 26, 2019 • 41 min
Susan and Tim Rasinski, author of The Megabook of Fluency: Strategies and Texts to Engage All Readers, discuss his work at the reading clinic at Kent State University, the aspects of good fluency instruction, what constitutes fluency, and how reading…
3. A conversation with Emily Hanford
Nov 13, 2019 • 40 min
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…
2. A conversation with Robert Pondiscio
Oct 30, 2019 • 41 min
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…
1. A conversation with Natalie Wexler
Oct 16, 2019 • 37 min
Susan and Natalie dive into her latest book, The Knowledge Gap, and discusses the lack of equity among students, the multi-faceted approach to the benefits of knowledge-based curriculum inside and beyond the classroom, why it’s important to teach build…
0. About Science of Reading: The Podcast
Oct 14, 2019 • 11 min
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.