Reading researcher and author Dr. Mark Seidenberg talks with people working to improve literacy outcomes in the US and other countries. Teachers, school system administrators, activists, parents—and readers!—confront the hard questions about how to address low literacy outcomes, especially among children with other risk factors, such as poverty and development conditions such as dyslexia. Dr. Molly Farry-Thorn joins Mark in these conversations. Molly got her PhD at Washington University in St. Louis and now works with Mark as a postdoctoral researcher. She brings her perspective as a former preschool teacher and researcher of children’s pre-literacy skills. Together with our invited guests, we will focus on a specific topic and discuss how to bridge the gaps between researchers and educators. We want these meetings to be responsive to the needs and wants of our audience and an opportunity for a deeper dive into topics that are complicated and require nuance.
Depending on the availability of our guests some meetings will be prerecorded and others will be held live on zoom calls. The prerecorded meeting videos will be posted here and on YouTube for you to watch whenever you want. The zoom meetings will happen on some Sundays at 3pm Central Time and will be open for anyone to join us. We see these zoom calls as an opportunity for direct communication between all of us who have the goal of improving children’s literacy outcomes. Everyone has helpful ideas to share. This means that in the zoom meetings we will take questions and comments from the audience. There is also a place further down on this page to submit your questions that you would like us to address in future meetings. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to a live meeting, we will be recording them and posting the recordings here and on YouTube.
Professor in the School of Education at the University of California – Irvine (UCI)
Margie Gillis, Ed.D
President of Literacy How, a research affiliate at Haskins Laboratories, and a Certified Academic Language Therapist
Mark took wrote responses to some of the questions and comments in the chat from this meeting:
Dr. Rebecca Treiman
Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis
We really enjoyed taking questions from the live audience – we will definitely do a Q&A meeting again.
The video is timestamped with the topics we talked about so feel free to skip around!
Teacher, coach, and co-founder of The Right to Read Project
Margaret has kindly shared some of her go-to resources and an example of the kind of analysis of curriculum she does with coaches: Lesson Analysis
Example tools to determine instructional next-steps based on concrete data points:
A few other recommendations:
Dr. Nell Duke
Professor in literacy, language, and culture at the University of Michigan
Nell’s website is full of resources so definitely check it out. Below are links to many of the specific resources she mentioned in our conversation:
Dr. Susan Brady
Emerita Professor of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island
IDA-WI Legislative Chair and creator of the Facebook group Science of Reading-What I Should Have Learned in College