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Author: Faith Borkowsky and Judy Boksner

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Teachers are tired and want to be excited about teaching again. Too often, professional development is boring, not substantive, or lacks a practical how-to approach. The Literacy View invites viewers to sit with Faith Borkowsky and Judy Boksner to discuss best literacy practices in easy-to-implement ways. The two women are educators and literacy coaches. Faith and Judy encourage all educators to enter lively discussions about literacy's most pressing issues.


Faith's Bio-Faith Borkowsky, the founder of High Five Literacy, LLC, is an internationally respected and sought-after literacy consultant, certified dyslexia practitioner, and award-winning author and speaker. She has over thirty-five years of experience in literacy instruction - as a classroom teacher, reading and learning specialist, regional literacy coach, administrator, and private tutor. Faith counsels and provides professional development for school districts and teachers,
and offers parent workshops, presentations, and private consultations on science-based literacy practices. She is the author of the award-winning book, Failing Students or Failing Schools? A Parent’s Guide to Reading Instruction and Intervention, and the “If Only I Would Have Known…” series of books, conceived as a roadmap for literacy-readiness and success for parents of young children. Faith regularly blogs about literacy issues and tirelessly advocates for community-based solutions to promote literacy for all children and social justice. She works with school districts and community-based literacy professionals all over the world, and in 2021, Faith was a finalist for the World Literacy Foundation Award for her significant contributions to literacy.
Faith is honored to have a role in the 2022 feature-length documentary, The Truth About Reading.

Judy's Bio-Judy Boksner has over 25 years of New York City Education experience as an educator, classroom teacher, coach, and reading specialist. Judy works with teachers and children all throughout areas in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Greenwich Ct. She has extensive training in evidence-based methodologies such as Orton Gillingham, Wilson’s Fundations, and The Hochman Method, also known as The Writing Revolution. Judy's work may be seen and followed on her show The Literacy View YouTube channel and
podcast where Judy and her co-host Faith Borkowsky discuss and interview some
of the leading voices in education about shifting to evidence and science aligned
practices to accelerate student outcomes. Judy works with many private clients as a reading specialist and is also teaching mini courses at Manhattanville College.
 


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DISCLAIMER: THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS PUBLICATION ARE THOSE OF THE AUTHORS. THEY DO NOT PURPORT TO REFLECT THE OPINIONS OR VIEWS OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS OR THEIR MEMBERS. THE DESIGNATIONS EMPLOYED IN THIS PUBLICATION AND THE PRESENTATION OF MATERIAL THEREIN DO NOT IMPLY THE EXPRESSION OF ANY OPINION WHATSOEVER ON THE PART OF- CONCERNING LEGAL STATUS OF ANY COUNTRY, AREA, OR TERRITORIES, OR OF ITS AUTHORITIES. THE LITERACY VIEW IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE NYCDOE OR LITERACY TEAM.

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Send us a Text Message.The One About…Program Review Protocols with Dr. Timothy ShanahanTimothy Shanahan’s latest blog on problems with textbook reviews got us talking!Shanahan took some time out of his busy schedule to join us on The Literacy View todiscuss problems and his suggested solutions.Shanahan on Literacy Article:What About Textbook Reviews?https://www.shanahanonliteracy.com/blog/what-about-the-textbook-reviewsQuote:Despite the rhetoric of these groups, the term “evidence aligned” is...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…Ann Sullivan: Phonics for Students with Special NeedsAutistic people’s cognitive potential has been underestimated as well as their linguisticpotential. Ann Sullivan offers suggestions for how teachers can help children access phonics.Article:“Literacy in Nonspeaking Autistic People”https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/epub/10.1177/13623613241230709Ann Sullivan Bio:Ann has over 30 years’ experience in mainstream and specialist education. Based in the UK, herca...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…Which ELA Practices Should Be Removed? Anna Geiger, The Measured Mom, Weighs In!Casey Jergens lists many of the practices he has dropped from his ELA block over the years.Article:PUTTING THE “STRUCTURE” INTO STRUCTURED LITERACY: PART 4By Casey Jergens3/27/24The Goyen Foundation Bloghttps://www.goyen.io/blog/putting-the-structure-into-structured-literacy-part-4Bio:Anna Geiger has classroom experience from first through fifth grade. After earning her master'...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…APM Journalist Christopher Peak Breaking News Episode!Sold a Story Christopher Peak joins us to discuss his THREE APRIL articles with us about the collapse of literacy giants: Reading Recovery, Lucy Calkins, and Fountas and Pinnell, along with Heinemann Publishing.Christopher Peak Bio:Christopher Peak is an investigative reporter who covers education for APM Reports. He co-reported “Sold a Story,” a podcast about a disproven approach to teaching reading us...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…Kathy Rastle on Having a Database of Books for ChildrenThe Children and Young People’s Books-Lexicon (CYP-LEX) provides unprecedented informationinto the nature of vocabulary in books that British children aged 7+ read and is a highly valuable resource for those studying reading and language development.Shouldn’t we have one in the USA?What Words do Children Encounter When They Read for Pleasure?Maria Korochkina Kathy Rastle on Having a Database of ...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…Is Reading Recovery the Science of Reading?Article:“Reading Recovery IS the Science(s) of Reading and the Art of Teaching”Debra Semm Rich, Saint Mary’s Collegehttps://readingrecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/JRR_23-2_Spring_2024_Rich.pdfQuote from the article:“The purpose of this article is to compare and contrast the media version of the Science ofReading (SOR) Movement with the comprehensive, researched Sciences of Reading to whichReading Recovery ...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…TRL Curriculum Evaluation Guidelines with Dr. Maria Murray and Kari KurtoHere is a link to the Curriculum Evaluation Guidelines:https://www.thereadingleague.org/curriculum-evaluation-guidelines/When reviewing curricula for Tier I instruction, it is essential to ensure they do not include instructional practices that are not aligned with the scientific evidence base of how children learn to read.The Curriculum Evaluation Guidelines are designed to highlight...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…The Most Effective Reading Instruction with Dr. Molly Ness“New and Not-­Well-­Known Research about Reading Disabilities: Teachers Want to Know”https://ila.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/trtr.2280What is the Most Effective Instruction for Learning Disabilities?What is Dyslexia?What is DLD?Why is the Conversation around Reading Disorders So Confusing?Reading Screening Versus Learning Disability IdentificationInstruction in Word Recognition and Language ...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…Text Structure and Inference Skills: The Latest Instructional Research!Marianne Rice, Tiffany Peltier, and Kacee Lambright“What’s the Main Idea?”: Using Text Structure to Build ComprehensionAlida K. Hudson, Julie Owens, Karol A. Moore, Kacee Lambright, Kausalai (Kay) WijekumarFirst published: 27 April 2021https://ila.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/trtr.2016“Inference skills for reading: A meta-analysis of instructional practices.”Rice, M., &am...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…What’s the Research Behind Mouth Picture Sound Walls?quote Cows don't fly, and phonemes don't have lips. So why is this unsupported practice spreading like wildfire? quote - Dr. Jan WasowiczArticle:“Articulatory Gestures in Literacy Instruction”Laura MacGrath, MSc(A)January 25, 2024https://learningbydesign.com/professional-development/spell-links-blogue/Bio:Dr. Jan Wasowicz**External Consultant for Purdue University, Interdepartmental Science of Reading In...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…Joan Sedita on Comprehension Strategy Instruction“The growing awareness of the role of background knowledge in supporting readingcomprehension has led some literacy professionals and journalists to proclaim that buildingbackground knowledge is the main solution to addressing students’ difficulties with readingcomprehension.” – Joan SeditaThis episode takes a look at the actual research supporting the teaching of instructionalstrategies.Article:“In Support ...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…Is the term “SoR” overused? Special Guest Emina McLeanSoR?SoL?Structured Literacy?Quote:“What does that mean? In concrete terms, what exactly would you observe in these schoolswith respect to documentation, assessment, or teaching and learning practices that wouldmean they were an “SoL” school, and who decides?” – Emina McLean“There is no such thing as an “SoR” curriculum, resource, or set of instructional techniques.”Article:https://www.eminamclean.com/po...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…Where is the Evidence? Latest Curriculum Craze Part 1“A call to pause the rush to buy new curricula until we see consistent evidence of impact” isurged. “There is no SoR stamp of approval!” Our guests for this episode will give you unbiased,unaffiliated, and unrehearsed real talk.Article by Dr. Leslie Laudhttps://docs.google.com/document/d/1xz7FJxXSwlx7zZkeTLDc4TfYzRedsimkb8kcKpHz_sE/editNathaniel Hansford (Nate Joseph) Biohttps://www.solutiontree.com/ca/n...
Send us a Text Message.The One About:Dr. Holly Lane: Does Expensive Mean Better Quality?Dr. Holly Lane couldn’t sell a used car for $500 until she raised the price to $1500! Why do we think free or inexpensive products aren’t very good? Why do we think programs and materials with all the bells and whistles are better?Science or Snake Oil Webinar:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc5SjcLQ5OwBio:Dr. Holly Lane is a faculty member at the University of Florida and director of the University ofFlori...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…Conflating Leveled Books with Predictable Texts with Tiffany Peltier and Wiley BlevinsOn X (Twitter), a storm of tweets began when Tiffany posted this, “Leveled readers are great forbuilding fluency. However, a SUBSET of leveled texts, known as PREDICTABLE texts ARE NOT great for building decoding skills and SHOULD NOT be used in kindergarten for teaching phonics.” Wiley responded, “We need to do a virtual roundtable discussion about this. There is so much...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…Strengthening Implementation of SoR with Dr. Maureen Ruby“Only when state leaders implement a literacy strategy that prioritizes teacher effectivenesswill states achieve a teacher workforce that can strengthen student literacy year after year. Thisreport outlines five policy actions states can take to ensure a well-prepared teacher workforcethat can implement and sustain the science of reading in classrooms across the country.”NCTQ:“Five Policy Actions to ...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…Community-Based Screening Tools with Kate MayerKate Mayer is a literacy advocate and co-founder of Everyone Reads PA, a nonprofit organization with the mission to ensure that every educator and parent in PA has the tools they need to help all students read to the best of their potential. Earlybird Education:https://earlybirdeducation.com/Parent Involvement vs. Parent Engagement: What’s the difference? Article:Community-Based Early Language and Li...
Send us a Text Message.Dr. Rasinski’s bioTimothy Rasinski, Ph.D.Professor of Reading EducationReading and Writing CenterKent State University401 White HallKent, OH 44242trasinsk@kent.edu ; 330-672-0649website: www.timrasinski.comTwitter: @timrasinski1Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award-winning reading clinic. He also holds the Rebecca Tolle and Burton W.Gorman Endowed Chair in Educational Leadership. Tim has written over 250...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…Assemblymember Bobby Carroll: Literacy Advocacy and Dyslexia Article:NYT By Grace Ashford January 3, 2024 As Literacy Lags, Hochul Proposes Changing How Schools Teach Reading https://www.nytimes.com/2024/01/03/nyregion/new-york-schools-reading-hochul.html“This is a very big deal, because for a long time, people realized what was going on was not working. But nobody stood up and said it needs to change,” Ms. Hochul said…Assembly Dis...
Send us a Text Message.The One About…Steve Dykstra’s Interpretation of Mark Seidenberg’s Slide Deck“Identifying what was wrong was much easier than figuring out what to do instead.” – Mark Seidenberg How are teachers supposed to figure out what to do?The Literacy View asked Dr. Steve Dykstra to help us unpack Mark Seidenberg’s Yalepresentation slides. Mark Seidenberg’s Slide Deck from a presentation given at Yale:“Where Does the Science of Reading Go From Here?” https://seidenbergreading.net/...
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