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Reading comprehension, by nature, is multifaceted and complex, and for Mindy Bridges, PhD, understanding its development and factors in children is a key passion in her professional work and research. This episode dives deep into the role of language in reading comprehension. Dr. Bridges explains how various factors contribute to comprehension, reflects on her research on comprehension across developmental stages, and offers insights on supporting children who struggle. Dr. Bridges discusses the role of collaboration and implementation science to better understand language and comprehension development in order to serve more schools and students. Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #32 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. You can also connect with Dr. Bridges on Twitter (mindy_msb) or learn more about her work at University of Kansas.Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.orgConnect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute, or Facebook.  
What does it take to invest in improving the educational outcomes and livelihood of all children? In this episode, Nicole Patton Terry, PhD, director of the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) shares her expertise and experience in collaborating between researchers, schools and community partners, and families to support literacy and academic goals of their students. Dr. Terry’s research focuses primarily on young learners who are vulnerable to experiencing poor language and literacy achievement. Applying a collective and integrated approach to implementation and dissemination of research in education, Dr. Terry offers insights and wisdom to the systems that are needed to make lasting change. Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #31 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. You can also connect with Dr. Terry on Twitter (@TheDrPT) or learn more about her work at FSU and FCRR.Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.orgConnect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute, or Facebook.  
How can an interdisciplinary research approach inform our understanding of the systems of education? This month’s guest, Matthew Kraft, PhD, associate professor of education and economics at Brown University, offers a research-based commentary of the macro-level trends in education that particularly impact large urban settings, including teacher growth and well-being, the role of school climate and context, and instructional coaching. Applying his expertise in various interdisciplinary research designs across urban settings, Dr. Kraft suggests innovative methods to repurpose resources and reform school systems for the benefit of all teachers and learners. The insights in this episode are intended to engage the listener to critically think about scalable and sustainable education solutions across broad education systems.Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #30 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. You can also connect with Dr. Kraft on Twitter (@MatthewAKraft) or by visiting his website.Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.orgConnect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute, or Facebook.  
What is the role of language in our schools and curriculum? Simply put, language is everything. In the words of this episode’s guest, Lydia Soifer, PhD, “Language is the vehicle that drives the curriculum.” Dr. Soifer is a renowned language pathologist and literacy specialist with over forty-five years of experience in clinical settings as well as in professional and parent education. She explains a multidisciplinary approach to child development, offering immediate, actionable strategies for teachers and families.Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #29 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources.Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.orgConnect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook.  
In the first episode of 2022, Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling, a leader and trailblazer in reading education, joins the READ Podcast. Speaking from her background and expertise as a professor, teacher educator, author, and researcher, Dr. Spear-Swerling identifies evidence-based practices that support structured literacy and clarifies common pitfalls of implementation. Listeners will understand how curriculum, consistency, and coherence are fundamental to supporting schools and teachers deliver high quality reading instruction for all students. Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #28 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources.Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.orgConnect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook.  
READ in Review 2021

READ in Review 2021

2021-12-0801:06:46

READ in Review is the “epilogue” that highlights this year’s episodes with leading experts in research, education, and advocacy. Host Danielle Scorrano reflects upon her conversations from throughout 2021, centered around the theme of integration. The top bookmarks captured by our guests include current research in the Science of Reading (SoR) and dyslexia, advocacy for increased access and equity to high quality education, and an examination of the system to deliver the promise of education for all children. Join the conversation as we reflect upon the 2021 chapter of the READ podcast and forecast ahead into 2022. Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #27 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources.Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.orgConnect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook.  
All READers are invited to take a journey in mathematics with Penn State professor and The WI faculty member, Paul Riccomini, PhD. Dr. Riccomini and Danielle discuss the language of math with the underlying principle – if kids don’t understand the language of instruction, they’re not going to be able to learn to their potential. Dr. Riccomini explains certain markers of why children may experience challenges in math, when difficulties persist, and scaffolds and instructional practices to support struggling mathematicians. At the end of the episode, Dr. Riccomini answers “crowdsource” questions from adults READers including how parents/ guardians can support kids at home, and he takes on the curiosity of school-aged students by answering their top questions. Dr. Riccomini invites all listeners into a math class – listen closely for the importance  of its numbers AND its mathematical language.Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #26 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. Connect with Dr. Riccomini on Twitter.Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.orgConnect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook.  
During Dyslexia Awareness Month, Resha Conroy, the founder of Dyslexia Alliance for Black Children (DABC), joins the READ Podcast for a conversation about education reform and equity. Using a historical and social lens, Ms. Conroy discusses how Black children with dyslexia are often left behind in the system of education, and the consequences are dire and dangerous. She cites research and draws on stories from communities where Black children with dyslexia face barriers to diagnosis and intervention and experience stigma and deficit-model thinking in their classrooms. On a societal level, Ms. Conroy explains the historical implications of the school to prison pipeline. She discusses the actions the DABC is taking to increase knowledge, advocacy, and awareness and identifies immediate calls to action as well as systemic changes needed to save a current generation of children from failure.Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #25 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources.Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.orgConnect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook.  
Join Kristen Wynn, Mississippi’s State Literacy Director and The Windward Institute’s 2021 Fall Community Lecturer, as she details the story of how the state transformed literacy outcomes for its students. Reflecting upon her story with her son who was diagnosed with dyslexia and her early career as a teacher and interventionist, Ms. Wynn discusses her personal journey to learn about the Science of Reading. She outlines the literacy policy reform that began at the state level and explains how it was disseminated strategically to districts and schools. Ms. Wynn discusses how professional development and a state-facilitated literacy coaching program shaped teacher practices, classrooms, and cultures of schools for the betterment of their students. Finally, she shares how the state innovated teaching and professional learning practices to support families and children during the pandemic. This READ conversation with Kristen Wynn offers hope and applicable lessons for every state, district, and school to disrupt the educational status quo to promote literacy for all students. Want to learn more from Kristen Wynn?Register for the 2021 Fall Community Lecture on October 28, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. http://www.thewindwardschool.org/lectureDo you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #24 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.orgConnect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook.  
Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD, leading cognitive neuroscientist, joins the READ Podcast to explore pressing questions about the brain, resilience, and learning disabilities. Dr. Hoeft examines the definitions of resilience and outlines its promotive factors related to the reading brain and children with learning disabilities. She cites the latest brain research on the role of stigma and stereotype threat in children with LD, drawing implications on how to combat stigma and cultivate a more inclusive environment in schools. At the end of the episode, Dr. Hoeft discusses her leadership to support the worldwide community during and post-pandemic and calls for solutions to democratize education for all. Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #23 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. Connect with Dr. Hoeft on Twitter.Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.orgConnect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook.  
Join the READ Podcast for an exclusive follow up episode with Maryanne Wolf, PhD. The conversation builds off last month’s episode on the science and story of the reading brain, Danielle and Dr. Wolf dive into literacy at the intersection of social justice and digital reading on a global scale. Highlighting her work as an innovator and social entrepreneur, Dr. Wolf shares the impact of Curious Learning on global literacy as well as her thoughts on the digital reading revolution, collaborative efforts with organizations around the world, and leadership at the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice at UCLA. At the end of the interview, Dr. Wolf and Danielle discuss needed investments in policy platforms and Dr. Wolf offers hope for a revitalized educational future.Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #22 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. You can learn more from Dr. Wolf at https://www.maryannewolf.com/Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.orgConnect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook.  
This month, we invite listeners to learn from Maryanne Wolf, PhD, internationally renowned scientist, and author of several books on reading and the brain. Dr. Wolf shares the journey of her life’s work, illustrating her existential journey at the intersection of literacy and social justice and her life goal to ensure that reading is a fundamental access point to ensure the livelihood of people around the world. She discusses the science and poetic story of the reading brain and explains its connection to child development. The story of dyslexia, in particular, illuminates why and how our human brain re-wires for reading. Dr. Wolf offers implications from the classroom to global policy- advocating for literacy to solve some of the greatest humanitarian crises of our time. Join Dr. Wolf and Danielle as they share a cup of tea and explore the beautiful intricacies of the reading brain. Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #21 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. You can learn more from Dr. Wolf at https://www.maryannewolf.com/Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.orgConnect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook.  
The guest for this episode, Emily Solari, PhD, is a leader in academia and reading research as well as a true disruptor. We tackle the big question that is saturating current public and education discourse: How do we change reading achievement in this country? Dr. Solari offers her expertise on applying evidence-based instruction across school settings and addresses why our education system needs to enact simultaneous change in all policy areas to advance literacy outcomes for all students. She operationalizes key terms such as the Science of Reading (SoR), evidence-based instruction, and intervention. Citing her research and experience in school settings, she emphasizes the importance of making research and curriculum efficient, feasible, and effective for teachers and discusses the benefits of translational science. At the end of the conversation, Dr. Solari and Danielle talk more about advocating for the advancement of women in science. This conversation speaks to Dr. Solari’s impact and her continued call to action to implement change across the system of education.Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #20 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. You can learn more from Dr. Solari on Twitter @emilyjsolariDo you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.orgConnect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook. 
Language development is a cognitively and socially demanding process. In this episode, Indigo Young, MS CCC-SLP, explains how educators and practitioners can cultivate equitable and inclusive environments that promote language development with a focus on children from marginalized backgrounds. Ms. Young discusses the importance of anti-oppressive practices in educational contexts, emphasizing the continuous, discerning process that bridges our understanding of identity and power, cultural humility, and equity-seeking practices. She identifies key forms of biases and offers insights and applications in any educational setting. This episode is critical for our understanding of how we frame education within the context of identity, equity, and inclusion to support all students.Bookmarks and Resources:Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #19 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.org Connect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook. 
Literacy, a fundamental human right, is foundational for a child’s potential toward academic and lifelong success. For children with language-based learning disabilities such as dyslexia, mastering skilled reading can feel like an impossible endeavor without necessary support and teaching using proven instructional methods. Fortunately, there are powerful research-based antidotes toward potentially preventing a destiny of reading failure. In this episode, Hugh Catts, PhD explains why early screening and proven, effective reading intervention are critical to mitigating reading disabilities in children. He outlines the research supporting the current model, developed with Yaacov Petscher, PhD, which examines the factors that increase the probability of developing dyslexia. Being able to identify these factors is important to better understand how to effectively screen and provide more comprehensive support for all students, offering implications for research, policy, and education.Bookmarks and Resources:Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #18 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.org Connect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook. 
While the implementation of high quality, research-based literacy instruction benefits all students, schools must consider scalability and sustainability. In this episode, Magdalena Zavalia, co-founder of Intelexia, discusses the successful, scalable implementation of Aprendo Leyendo, a research-based literacy program and professional development methodology based on the PAF Reading Program. Using what she learned about the science of reading as well as her skills and experience in social entrepreneurship, Ms. Zavalia and her team transformed the literacy outcomes for 430 teachers and 10,000 students in 70 schools across the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ms. Zavalia explains how she navigated barriers for scalability including politics, cost, and resources and shares insights about unexpected challenges due to the pandemic. She offers expertise and experience in entrepreneurship and leadership, providing valuable lessons about the possibility, potential, and effectiveness of research-based reading instruction across all schools. Bookmarks and Resources:Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #17 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.org Connect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook. 
Molly Ness, PhD, shares her passion and work toward increasing access to literacy opportunities for all children. Dr. Ness shares data and insights about "book deserts," a term describing areas and circumstances in which children lack adequate access to books. She highlights organizations that are tackling social justice and equity issues related to literacy through innovative and grassroots methods. Dr. Ness calls for increased investments and policies toward ending book deserts and supporting school librarians and teachers to provide high quality literacy opportunities and instruction to their students. Committed to cultivating literacy-rich homes and communities, Dr. Ness shares actionable strategies that families can implement immediately with their own children.Bookmarks and Resources:Do you want to learn more from this episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #16 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources. You can learn more from Dr. Ness on Twitter @drmollyness or on her website, drmollyness.com.Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.org Connect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook. 
Federal, state, and local education policies establish the rights of students with disabilities. In this episode, The Windward School’s Committee on Special Education liaisons, Peter Beardsley and Lara Damashek, explain the fundamentals and nuances of special education law. They discuss the responsibility of educational teams to ensure that students with disabilities receive equitable, appropriate services. This episode provides READ listeners with a deep dive in the key principles of special education policies and processes and how they impact the rights of students with the most common learning disabilities including dyslexia, speech and language impairment, and ADHD.Bookmarks and Resources:Do you want to learn more from the episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #14 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources.Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.org Connect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook. 
In this bonus episode on special education, we are joined again by Peter Beardsley and Lara Damashek, the Committee on Special Education liaisons at The Windward School. We tackle questions like, how do families start and navigate the IEP process? Who makes the referral for services? How should families and educators be prepared for meetings with the multi-disciplinary team? We also discuss the rights of families and students like due process. This episode contains the golden nugget of information for families and educators to navigate the special education process. READers will identify key action items that educators and families can take in the special education process to effectively advocate for students with disabilities. Bookmarks and Resources:Do you want to learn more from the episode? Visit readpodcast.org and the Episode #15 homepage for host Danielle Scorrano's top bookmarks and resources.Do you have questions for future topics and speakers? E-mail us at info@readpodcast.org Connect with The Windward Institute on Twitter @TheWindwardInst, Instagram @thewindwardinstitute or Facebook. 
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