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.

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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.

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Links and summaries for the research referenced

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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.

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Links and summaries for the research referenced

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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.

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Past Reading Meetings

Dr. Julie Washington

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

Impact of dialect use on a basic component of learning to read

Teaching Reading to African American Children (Washington & Seidenberg, 2021)

Julie Washington’s Quest to Get Schools to Respect African-American English

Data on socioeconomic status referenced in the conversation

Mark’s illustration from the meeting of the different definitions for vowels in pronunciation and in spelling 

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Dr. Devin Kearns

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

Devin’s website

Lost in Translation? (Seidenberg, Cooper Borkenhagen, & Kearns, 2020)

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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

The Literacy How Reading Wheel – this webpage includes so much helpful information about the components of literacy instruction—including frequently asked questions and tips for teachers and principals

List of publications

Literacy How webinars

Literacy How Professional Learning Series books

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Early Literacy Screening

Dr. Nadine Gaab
Associate Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

List of publications

Dyslexia Myths

List of Early Literacy Screening Tools

Dyslexia Resource Packet

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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

How words cast their spell. American Educator

Read this piece for a great overview of the research on spelling development

Learning to label letters by sounds or names: A comparison of England and the United States

List of publications (with PDFs)

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Reading Simplified and Issues of Instructional Efficiency

Dr. Marnie Ginsberg
Founder of Reading Simplified

Blog posts on six Reading Simplified activities

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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!

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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:

University of Oregon: DIBELS 8

Resources for Screening

Resources for Progress-monitoring

School/District-wide Data-driven Decision Making

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

(SIPPS-specific) Placement Test for Grouping Students According to Instructional Need

Guide to Decision Making: Oral Reading Fluency

Guide to Decision Making SIPPS Mastery Tests

A few other recommendations:

From Reach Every Reader, NCIL, FCRR, and CTL for parents to use: CBM at Home

From Nell Duke and colleagues: Free or Very Low Cost Early Literacy Assessments

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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

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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:

10 Things Every Literacy Educator Should Know About Research

Literacy Research Methodologies

The piece where Nell compares teachers to ER doctors: Reading by Third Grade: How Policymakers Can Foster Early Literacy

Center for Black Educator Development

The study that looked at teacher specialization in elementary school: The “Pupil” Factory: Specialization and the Production of Human Capital in Schools

Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading

Nell’s video making the case for science and social studies instruction

The Listening to Reading—Watching While Writing Protocol

Meta-analysis on writing instruction: Effectiveness of Literacy Programs Balancing Reading and Writing Instruction

Nell’s video on online interactive writing instruction

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Misunderstandings About Phonological Awareness

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

Susan’s article: A 2020 Perspective on Research Findings on Alphabetics (Phoneme Awareness and Phonics): Implications for Instruction (Expanded Version)

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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

The article Mark references in our conversation: Reading Science and Educational Practice: Some Tenets for Teachers

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Mark’s Blog

Mark’s Book

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Mark’s Talks