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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.

A mix of live zoom meetings and prerecorded conversations

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.

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Miniseries on Phonemes and Phoneme Awareness

Part 1: Phonemes, Speech, and Reading

In this Reading Meeting Dr. Mark Seidenberg discusses what phonemes are, how children begin to learn about them, and the role print plays in discovering them.

Part 2: Becoming Phonemic

In this Reading Meeting Dr. Mark Seidenberg continues the conversation about how phoneme awareness develops and the importance of experience with print to fully develop the awareness.

Part 3: Reading, Learning, and Instruction

In this Reading Meeting Dr. Mark Seidenberg discusses what the research has to say about how learning happens and what that means for reading instruction.

Past Reading Meetings

Dr. Julie Washington

Professor in the School of Education at the University of California – Irvine (UCI)

Dr. Devin Kearns

Associate Professor of Special Education in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut (UConn)

Literacy How and Teacher Coaching

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:

What Does Research Tell Us About Spelling Development?

Dr. Rebecca Treiman
Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis

Reading Simplified and Issues of Instructional Efficiency

April 25th Q & A with Mark & Molly

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!

How to Become a Critical User of Your Curriculum

Margaret Goldberg
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

General resources:

Example tools to determine instructional next-steps based on concrete data points:

A few other recommendations:

What Is the Reading Teacher’s Top Ten Tools?

Dr. Deb Glaser
Teacher, consultant, professional development provider, and creator of The Reading Teacher’s Top Ten Tools

How to Build a Daily Schedule Based on the Science

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:

Misunderstandings About Phonological Awareness

Dr. Susan Brady
Emerita Professor of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island

What Is the Science of Reading and What’s in It for Me? 

Donna Hejtmanek
IDA-WI Legislative Chair and creator of the Facebook group Science of Reading-What I Should Have Learned in College

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