Melissa and Lori Love Literacy

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Rating
4.8
from
100 reviews
This podcast has
120 episodes
Language
Explicit
No
Date created
2019/05/10
Last published
2022/06/24
Average duration
64 min.
Release period
6 days

Description

Melissa and Lori Love Literacy is a podcast for educators interested in learning more about the science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum! Join Melissa Loftus and Lori Sappington every Friday as we tackle new ways of thinking about how to teach reading and writing. Most of our experience has been in the classroom from primary through high school, but we also have experience at district and state leadership levels in literacy. Our guests include school-based educators and leaders, district leaders, literacy researchers and experts, and passionate parents and community members. Visit our website: www.literacypodcast.com

Podcast episodes

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Ep. 113: Reading is Rocket Science with Louisa Moats
2022/06/24
Why is teaching reading so important? Melissa and Lori have a conversation with Louisa Moats grounded in this article: Teaching Reading is Rocket Science: What Expert Teachers of Reading Should Know and Be Able to Do. Moats asserts that 95% of students can learn to read when taught to do so using evidence-based practices. In this episode, listen as we discuss and define the term science of reading, while connecting decades of research and theory to classroom practice.   Sign Up for our FREE WEEKLY Newsletter for Resources and Related Episodes Connect with us on  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!  Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum. 
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Ep. 112: Kareem Weaver on Levers for Literacy Change
2022/06/17
In this episode, Melissa and Lori have a candid discussion about change with Kareem Weaver, co-founder of FULCRUM Oakland: Full and Complete Reading is a Universal Mandate. FULCRUM’s goal is to ensure that every Oakland child is an 'on-time' reader provided with full LITERACY: a fundamental civil right, a powerful protection from the school to prison pipeline, and the cornerstone for a life of choice and fulfillment. In this episode, Kareem discusses the change he is fighting for and the elements he believes are necessary to make it happen.  Related Episodes Ep. 19: Getting at the Root of the School to Prison Pipeline with NCTQ President, Kate Walsh Ep. 82: [CLEAN] Minneapolis Public School Parents: Accepting Nothing Less Than Evidence-Based Reading in Schools Ep. 100: Trauma and Reading with Dr. Steven Dykstra Resources FULCRUM Oakland: Full and Complete Reading is a Universal MandateConnect with us! Facebook and join our Facebook Group Twitter Instagram Visit our website to subscribe to our weekly newsletter.  Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum. 
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Lori's Top Pick [Listen Again] Ep. 43: A Knowledge-Based Approach to Writing: The Vermont Writing Collaborative
2022/06/14
From Lori: The Vermont Writing Collaborative authors and educators remind us that kids need to have knowledge deep knowledge of the subject matter that they’re writing about… Science of Writing. This episode also gets me really excited for an episode coming out this summer focused on writing, where we talk about how to extract that knowledge and explicitly teach writing! Listen again or for the first time! Joey Hawkins & Diana Leddy of The Vermont Writing Collaborative share how educators can support students in creating and communicating their understanding through writing.  The three pillars for writing for understanding are:  Backward design (envision the final goal!) Build understanding (talking about text, writing about text, acting it out, and more!) Direct instruction (writing models, structures, organizers) Writing is a powerful way of working with knowledge - a coherent chunk of knowledge. How do HQIM support and execute this approach to writing for understanding? Listen in to find out, and grab a copy of their book, Writing for Understanding! Visit OUR WEBSITE to subscribe to our newsletter and podcast! https://www.literacypodcast.com/
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Melissa's Top Pick [Listen Again] Ep. 66: Re-thinking the Reading Rope with Nell Duke
2022/06/14
From Melissa: I love this episode because Nell Duke shares two messages about the Science of Reading that are crucial! 1) That the science is always evolving and will continue to evolve and 2) that the Science of Reading includes comprehension and making meaning of texts!  Listen again or for the first time! Did you know that Scarborough's Rope is 20 years old?! That's why Nell K. Duke unpacks how the science of reading has progressed over the last 20 years, moving beyond the simple view of reading in this piece: The Science of Reading Progresses (co-authored by Kelly B. Cartwright). Check out page 9 for a graphic we discuss throughout the podcast in order to re-think the reading rope. To connect with a practitioner lens, Duke (alongside Ward & Pearson) also penned The Science of Reading Comprehension Instruction. They ask the question: What have decades of research told us about the nature of comprehension and how to develop students’ comprehension in schools? Listen to find out! Visit OUR WEBSITE to subscribe to our newsletter and podcast! https://www.literacypodcast.com/
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Ep. 111: Melissa & Lori: Two Truths and a Lie
2022/06/10
Melissa and Lori share more about themselves...  how their undergrad and graduate coursework didn’t prepare them to teach students to read, a bit about their teaching and leadership experiences, and of course, why they started the podcast! Bonus content: They ask and answer Five Things You Love and play Two Truths and a Lie. To read more about Melissa and Lori, check out this article by Voyage Baltimore Magazine. Connect with us! Facebook and join our Facebook Group Twitter Instagram Visit our website to subscribe to our weekly newsletter.  Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum. 
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Ep. 110: Baltimore Secondary Literacy Teachers Talk Fluency
2022/06/03
Today middle school educators from Baltimore City Public Schools join us to discuss their focus on fluency through Continuous Improvement work with fluency using HQC. What is Continuous Improvement? Why is this a useful framework? “Possibly wrong, definitely incomplete”  is a mantra that resonates. The educators share their approach, impact, and outcomes for students. Secondary teachers… this one’s for you.  Related Episodes Ep. 98: Improving Student Reading Growth in Months with Fluency Instruction and Practice Ep. 62: Effective Fluency Instruction with Tim Rasinski Resources Carnegie Foundation Continuous Improvement in Education Resources such as videos, tools, and publications Connect with us! Facebook and join our Facebook Group Twitter Instagram Visit our website to subscribe to our weekly newsletter.  Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum. 
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Ep. 109: The Right to Read with Second Language Educator, Kim Lockhart
2022/05/27
Kim Lockhart, Canadian French immersion teacher and special educator in Kingston, Ontario, shares how she meets the needs of students in her classroom. As stated in a recent report, Right to Read inquiry report from Ontario Human Rights Commission, Ontario is removing the three cueing system completely from all materials and turning to reading science instead. In this episode, Kim models what an evidence-based phonics lesson might entail. In second language programs, it’s necessary for students to build language comprehension by attaching meaning to decoding.  Related Episodes Ep. 63: Kindergarten Teacher Reaches 100% Success Using Evidence-Based Practices Ep. 59: HQIM for ALL with Educator Sarah WebbHQIM as EQUITY for English Language Learners with  ELSF Executive Director Crystal GonzalesResources The Right to Read Inquiry Report from Ontario Human Rights CommissionThe Simple View of Reading (SVR)Connect with us! Facebook and join our Facebook Group Twitter Instagram Visit our website to subscribe to our weekly newsletter.  Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum. 
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Ep. 108: From 13% to 100% Literacy Proficiency with School Leader Angie Hanlin
2022/05/20
Angie Hanlin, current Superintendent in Wisconsin, led her former school from 13% to 100% reading proficiency. How? Angie shifted the focus from TEACHING to LEARNING.  She worked alongside her school teams with a relentless, laser-like focus on data, asking questions such as: Who is making progress? Who’s not? What are we going to do about it? Radical acceptance of the data helped educators move forward and put aside blame and shame. Key takeaway: All means ALL!  Related Episodes Ep. 98: Improving Student Reading Growth in Months with Fluency Instruction and Practice Ep. 62: Effective Fluency Instruction with Tim Rasinski Ep. 63: Kindergarten Teacher Reaches 100% Success Using Evidence-Based Practices Ep. 103: From Workshop Model to Reading Science in Pentucket  Resources  Instructional strategies for 7 early literacy pillars by Patti Montgomery, Schools CubedDeveloping Assessment-Capable Visible Learners Grades K-12: Maximizing Skill, Will, and Thrill How Principals Affect Students and Schools: A Systematic Synthesis of Two Decades of Research by The Wallace Foundation The Reading Brain by the Center for Reading and Language Research, including Maryanne Wolf  Connect with Melissa & Lori TwitterInstagramFacebookVisit our website to subscribe to our weekly newsletter.  Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum. 
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Ep. 107: Where Do Secondary Educators Start with Struggling Students?
2022/05/13
The authors of Thinking Reading: What Every Secondary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading, James and Dianne Murphy, join Melissa and Lori to discuss secondary struggling readers. Where do secondary educators start with struggling students? Put simply, there are two parts to intervention: learning and practice (for automaticity). Keeping those in mind, target what students need to know, explicitly teach and practice, and keep it manageable and motivating.  Related Episodes:  Ep. 90: Improving Reading for Older Students with David Liben Part 1Ep. 91: Improving Reading for Older Students with David Liben Part 2  Resources  Thinking Reading: What Every Secondary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading by James and Dianne Murphy Connect with us! Facebook and join our Facebook Group Twitter Instagram Visit our website and subscribe to our newsletter.  Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum.
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Ep. 106: Book Preview: Thinking Reading: What Every Secondary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading
2022/05/10
Join Melissa and Lori for their first Book Club episode! In this episode, they discuss the book Thinking Reading: What Every Secondary Teacher Needs to Know About Reading. They focus their discussion on Chapter 4: Helping struggling readers in the secondary classroom, and Chapter 6: What does it take for effective reading intervention at secondary school?   Related Episodes:  Ep. 90: Improving Reading for Older Students with David Liben Part 1Ep. 91: Improving Reading for Older Students with David Liben Part 2  Resources:  The Opportunity Myth by TNTP Connect with us! Facebook and join our Facebook Group Twitter Instagram Visit our website and subscribe to our newsletter.  Helping teachers learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum. 
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Ep. 105: You're Wrong About... Assessment
2022/05/06
This episode is the first in a series on a really important topic: Assessment. How can we debunk the idea of ‘standards-aligned assessments’? What about ‘standards-aligned report cards’?  Today’s guest teaches us that when we overfocus on the format of an assessment (i.e. the standards), we miss out on what matters most and lose track of the goal (i.e. comprehension). Comprehension is not a single construct.  When we think about assessment data, there are two important questions to ask:  Are the data useful? How are we preparing students for assessments? Are we confusing format with goals? The assessment data is a pathway back to the content. In case you’re wondering, here’s where the science of reading comes into play… knowledge building is a necessary and (very) important part of assessment!  Related Episodes Ep. 35: Reading Assessments NEED an Upgrade! Ep. 37: Meredith Liben and Sue Pimentel on the Standards, Assessment, and Data  Resources (bulleted list of resources mentioned in the podcast)  Garbage In Garbage Out Beyond Multiple Choice conference agenda Jay McTighe Why the Pandemic Experts Failed (The Atlantic) What is the Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom (DIKW) Pyramid?  Researchers blast data analysis for teachers to help students (Hechinger Report) Why State Reading Tests Are Poor Benchmarks of Student Success by Hugh CattsEducational Redlining (Reading Groups) with Sonja Santelises Like most superintendents I cared a lot about test scores. Too much, it turns out. (Chalkbeat)  Connect with us! Facebook and join our Facebook Group Twitter Instagram Visit our website and subscribe to our newsletter.  Helping educators learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum. 
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Ep. 104: ELA Teacher + School Librarian = Knowledge Building Dream Team
2022/04/29
In today’s episode we’re joined by two teachers from Skaneateles, NY - Seth and Kelly. Seth is a sixth grade ELA teacher and Kelly is a middle school librarian. They work together to ensure that all students have access to complex texts. With the right support, they believe that all students can engage in grade level tasks. Seth and Kelly share how their collaboration around the knowledge and tasks in Wit & Wisdom ELA enriches students' learning and teachers’ teaching. Together, they make an incredible, knowledge-rich team! Resources (bulleted list of resources mentioned in the podcast)  VOR with David Liben Part 1 (Volume of Reading)VOR with David Liben Part 2 (Volume of Reading)WeVideo.com  Related Episodes Ep. 76: Knowledge Building for Reading Success in Skaneateles School District Ep. 79: What Does Equitable ELA Instruction Require? Ep. 69: Wondering about Wit & Wisdom ELA?  Follow us! Facebook and join our Facebook Group Twitter Instagram Visit our website and subscribe to our newsletter.  Helping educators learn about science of reading, knowledge building, and high quality curriculum. 
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4.8 out of 5
100 reviews
Banerika 2022/06/22
Thoughtful, insightful, accessible
Melissa and Lori make really complex topics accessible and provide access to thought leaders AND everyday teachers who are bringing the latest evidenc...
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tennesseeeducator 2022/06/19
Must listen for all educators!
There has not been an episode that hasn’t challenged my thinking or inspired me to be a better educator. I love everything this show stands for! It ha...
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Velvetme 2021/09/10
Reading science is an art and a pleasure to learn
This is a really high quality show with great research and conversation. As a parent teacher there are hundreds of great takeaways and concepts covere...
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Nicolechamp 2021/03/10
The educators all kids deserve!
I just discovered the pod and binging through it all! I live in a neighboring jurisdiction to Baltimore city—where the science of reading, the knowled...
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KinderStall 2020/04/24
This is the best podcast...
If you love literacy or teach literacy then you should definitely be listening to this podcast!
So Much to Learn! 2019/08/01
Loving it!
I’m learning so much about Wit and Wisdom - and ELA in general! I love the interviews and real world insights the teachers and literacy experts provid...
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LiteracyFan 2019/07/18
Real and Inspiring
Thank you for interviewing Baltimore City teachers - they're doing impressive work! So appreciate the real talk about what's challenging.

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