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🎙️ Welcome to The Resilience Unlimited Show Step into "The Resilience Unlimited Show," an empowering haven crafted for high-achieving women, with a special focus on women of color. Led by Coach Dr. Lauren, CEO of Resilience Unlimited, this podcast offers transformative weekly episodes, providing insights and actionable advice. It's a space where women, especially women of color, can feel seen, heard, and part of a supportive community committed to thriving together. Going beyond conventional ...
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The Literacy View

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 ...
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Literacy Talks

Reading Horizons

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Welcome to Literacy Talks, a podcast series from Reading Horizons, where reading momentum begins. Each episode features our trio of literacy champions: Stacy Hurst, an assistant professor of reading at Southern Utah University and Chief Academic Advisor at Reading Horizons; Donell Pons, a dyslexia specialist, educator, presenter, and writer, who now works with adults who struggle with reading; Lindsay Kemeny, an innovative, dedicated elementary teacher who is a CERI certified Structured Lite ...
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As momentum continues to build for instructional practices and strategies rooted in the science of reading, sometimes controversies can arise. In this episode of Literacy Talks, Stacy, Donell, and Lindsay tackle some of the little disagreements among well-meaning, well-informed educators, all from the perspective of sharing information, supporting …
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Summary In this episode, Dr. Lauren discusses the importance of being authentic and releasing judgment in order to build supportive relationships and promote personal growth. She shares insights from the book 'The Courage to Be Disliked' and highlights the concept of Adlerian psychology, which focuses on interpersonal relationships. Dr. Lauren emph…
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The One About… TRL Curriculum Evaluation Guidelines with Dr. Maria Murray and Kari Kurto Here 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 aligne…
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Summary In this episode, Dr. Lauren opens up about her personal experiences and the importance of authenticity and resilience. She discusses her framework for coaching, inspired by Maslow's hierarchy of needs, and the concept of reaching the higher authentic self. Dr. Lauren shares her struggles with reading and her journey of self-discovery. She a…
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Dyslexia is often misunderstood, missed altogether, and surrounded by myths. In this episode of Literacy Talks, our literacy experts revisit the state of dyslexia. From gaps in professionals’ knowledge to challenges in early identification and intervention, we need more and better conversations, bolder advocacy, and strong systemic support. In shor…
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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.2280 What is the Most Effective Instruction for Learning Disabilities? What is Dyslexia? What is DLD? Why is the Conversation around Read…
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Summary Dr. Lauren discusses her resilience framework for coaching clients, particularly women of color with ADHD. The framework is inspired by Maslow's hierarchy of needs and consists of five pillars: emotional essentials, security and comfort, connection and belonging, self-esteem and self-worth, and higher authentic self. Dr. Lauren shares her p…
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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 Comprehension Alida K. Hudson, Julie Owens, Karol A. Moore, Kacee Lambright, Kausalai (Kay) Wijekumar First published: 27 April 2021 https://ila.onlinelibra…
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🌟 Meet Minister Jalisa Hardy 🌿 Survivor. Single mom of 3. Spiritual Alchemist. Advocate for women's empowerment. 💪🏽 In a world filled with challenges, Jalisa's journey is a beacon of resilience and hope. 🌟 Despite facing multiple health challenges from birth and growing up in a broken home, she rose above, fueled by her mother's unwavering faith in…
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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 Wasowicz Article: “Articulatory Gestures in Literacy Instruction” Laura MacGrath, MSc(A) January 25, 2024 https://learningbydesign.com/professional-deve…
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Dr. Lauren reflects on her love for swimming and how it provides a quiet and calming break from technology. She shares a humorous encounter at the pool where she overhears senior citizens discussing historical figures. This leads her to explore the role of nostalgia and connection in our lives. Dr. Lauren then delves into the impact of trauma, part…
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As literacy instruction evolves and improves and the science of reading informs classroom practice more and more, we all need to make room for each other’s ideas, perspectives, and expertise. In this episode of Literacy Talks, our hosts ask themselves and teachers everywhere if we’re being too judgmental. How can we approach conversations with coll…
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Meet Monica Rivera, a speaker, marketing strategist, business coach, and reformed self-doubter. After 15 years in marketing for companies like SAP, Deloitte, Verizon, and Citi, Monica started, YOU WANNA DO WHAT?!, a coaching consultancy dedicated to helping business professionals be an attention-grabbing personal brand around their story and expert…
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Summary In this conversation, Dr. Lauren discusses the importance of understanding goals and purpose in life. She emphasizes the need for a clear path and not waste time on unproductive activities. Dr. Lauren also shares her experience of achieving goals with the help of CliftonStrengths. She highlights her individualized approach in her work, part…
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The One About… Joan Sedita on Comprehension Strategy Instruction “The growing awareness of the role of background knowledge in supporting reading comprehension has led some literacy professionals and journalists to proclaim that building background knowledge is the main solution to addressing students’ difficulties with reading comprehension.” – Jo…
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There is much to know as we teach foundational and more advanced literacy. Here’s where questions arise. How much do teachers need to know about the science of reading to be effective and successful in the classroom? A related question: How much do students need to know about technical reading and language terms to develop and grow their literacy s…
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🌟 Excited to share insights from the latest episode with Dr. Kimber Shelton! 🎙️ Dive into the conversation about redefining strength for Black women, embracing vulnerability, and prioritizing holistic wellness. 💪✨ 👉 Takeaways: 1️⃣ Redefine strength: Break free from the "strong Black woman" stereotype. It's vital to embrace vulnerability and allow s…
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The One About… Is the term “SoR” overused? Special Guest Emina McLean SoR? SoL? Structured Literacy? Quote: “What does that mean? In concrete terms, what exactly would you observe in these schools with respect to documentation, assessment, or teaching and learning practices that would mean they were an “SoL” school, and who decides?” – Emina McLean…
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In October of 2023, The Reading Council of North America filed a lawsuit against Ohio, attempting to reverse the state’s move to align classroom instruction to the science of reading principles and practices. In this episode of Literacy Talks, our hosts discuss the growing momentum behind instruction based in the science of reading and the importan…
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Dr. Cherie is the host of the Passionate Stewardship Podcast. Her podcast is aimed at helping professionals who enjoy supporting their community and the people who live there. She is a passionate and dedicated human service professional with over two decades in the field. She is committed to supporting human service professionals and organizations …
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Latest Curriculum Craze Part 2: Fact Checking with Dr. Leslie Laud and Jennifer Binis Quote: “Idea: A simpler solution to tossing out expensive materials (that do align to SoR) would be to guide teachers in which strategies are most effective and to prioritize these.” Article by Leslie Laud: Where is the Evidence? https://shorturl.at/betuQ Dr. Lesl…
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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” is urged. “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 Laud https://docs.google.com…
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The Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching literacy is growing in popularity for students with dyslexia, and now it is often included in state-level education policy. In this episode of Literacy Talks, our hosts talk in-depth about the research supporting key components of the “OG” approach and explore where additional research is needed. The spark …
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Dr. Karla Hylton Dr. Karla Hylton, an esteemed educator and accomplished author with a wealth of knowledge cultivated over a 27-year teaching career, is a distinguished author, mentor, and educational consultant. Achieving a PhD in Biotechnology at the age of twenty-five, Karla embarked on a journey dedicated to both academia and mentorship. In 201…
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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.c…
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The One About-Speech to Print Flaws with Lyn Stone Quotes: “I’m not saying you’re in a cult, but if you call yourself a ‘Brand Name’ practitioner/school/trainer, there’s a bit of a problem. And that problem occurs when your method is touted as the method to end all methods. That problem occurs when the only tool in your toolbox is fairly blunt, and…
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Julie Coraccio is an award-winning professional declutterer & organizer, certified life coach, and author of 15 books. She is passionate about supporting people in clearing clutter in all areas of their lives, getting organized, and becoming more mindful and aware. For a decade, she hosted the popular podcast Clear Your Clutter Inside & Out. Happil…
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Whether you attended the Plain Talk 2024 Conference or wish you did, this episode is a whirlwind wrap-up of the event. From our hosts’ responses to several keynote presentations to quick summaries of the breakout sessions that made an impact, you’ll get the inside story about how the literacy community embraces science of reading instruction. You’l…
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Rasheda Kamaria Williams is an engaging and empathic speaker and social entrepreneur with a passion for helping youth and youth advocates realize their power. She is the author of “Be EmPOWERed: How to Live Above & Beyond Life’s Drama” as well as the founder and chief empowering officer for Empowered Flower Girl, a social enterprise on a mission to…
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The One About… Conflating Leveled Books with Predictable Texts with Tiffany Peltier and Wiley Blevins On X (Twitter), a storm of tweets began when Tiffany posted this, “Leveled readers are great for building fluency. However, a SUBSET of leveled texts, known as PREDICTABLE texts ARE NOT great for building decoding skills and SHOULD NOT be used in k…
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Harriet's bio: **Harriet Tubman Wright, MS, MA** is an accomplished Speaker/Storyteller, Published Author/Poet, Person-Centered Expressive Arts Facilitator, Metaphysician, Initiated Priestess, and Elder. For over 50 years, she has inspired mature spiritual women to transform from limitation to liberation, empowering them to express their true essen…
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The One About… Strengthening Implementation of SoR with Dr. Maureen Ruby “Only when state leaders implement a literacy strategy that prioritizes teacher effectiveness will states achieve a teacher workforce that can strengthen student literacy year after year. This report outlines five policy actions states can take to ensure a well-prepared teache…
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There is new interest in small group instruction as a key component of early literacy learning. Some educators are talking about skipping the small groups. Others have important ideas about making small group instruction better and more effective. In this episode, our hosts explore strategies and tactics for organizing, supporting, and evaluating s…
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The One About… Community-Based Screening Tools with Kate Mayer Kate 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://earlybirdeducati…
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The One About… Community-Based Screening Tools with Kate Mayer Kate 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://earlybirdeducati…
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Bio: Lauren Kester is a mindset coach and astrologer. After working on high-profile television shows like 30 Rock, The Good Wife, and Saturday Night Live, she left the entertainment business to help driven women break free from fear and anxiety to create the lives they want using mindset work and astrology. She believes that all women are inherentl…
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Summary In this episode, Dr. Lauren McClenney-Rosenstein discusses how gardening can be a metaphor for life. She shares her personal journey of learning to garden and the lessons she has learned along the way. Dr. Lauren then provides 13 practical tips for using gardening as a metaphor to reshape your mindset and become more resilient in all aspect…
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The One About… What Should PA Instruction Look Like? Tiffany Peltier, and Marianne Rice PhD Quote: “The case for using letters in PA instruction is stacking up higher & higher… New research out today: An upside-down U curve found for oral PA instruction (diminishing returns after less than 10hrs) but the OPPOSITE—increasingly MORE returns after…
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Dr. Rasinski’s bio Timothy Rasinski, Ph.D. Professor of Reading Education Reading and Writing Center Kent State University 401 White Hall Kent, OH 44242 trasinsk@kent.edu ; 330-672-0649 website: www.timrasinski.com Twitter: @timrasinski1 Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award-winning…
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Season 5 of Literacy Talks begins with a visit from special guest Dr. Elfrieda “Freddie” Hiebert, noted researcher, educator, author, and president and CEO of TextProject, Inc., a nonprofit organization focused on bringing beginning and struggling readers to high levels of literacy using a variety of strategies and tools, particularly the texts use…
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Summary In this episode, titled 'The Resilient Mother,' the host discusses the challenges faced by high-achieving Black women who are also mothers. She explores the historical burden on Black women to be strong and self-sacrificing caregivers. The host shares her personal experience of burnout and the realization that she was enabling dependence in…
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Summary In this episode, Dr. Lauren discusses tools for improving executive functioning. She shares her personal experiences and the tools she uses to manage her own executive functioning challenges. The tools she recommends include Notion, Todoist, ChatGPT, Grammarly, and Trevor AI. These tools help with organization, task management, communicatio…
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The One About… A Speech to Print Approach with Dr. Jan Wasowicz A blog by Lyn Stone entitled, "Culty as Charged: Why the Speech to Print Movement Needs Brakes,” and the follow-up blog, “Culty as Charged Part 2: Some Solutions,” raised some eyebrows, but advocates of the approach seemed to shy away publicly from presenting a counter-argument. Articl…
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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 go…
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Summary: In this insightful episode, the Dr. Lauren delves into the profound significance of competing against oneself and embracing personal accountability. She challenges societal norms and urges listeners to recognize the vital role of responsibility in both personal and professional spheres. Throughout the discussion, she explores various barri…
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Summary In this episode, the host discusses the importance of finding energy and vitality in order to achieve goals and avoid burnout. She shares her personal experiences with success and the challenges she faced in different stages of her life. The host provides 15 practical tips for increasing energy, including getting adequate sleep, staying hyd…
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The One About: Curriculum Champions vs. the Teacher Defenders with Kata Solow “Right now, the Curriculum Champions are winning politically. But if they’re going to succeed in the classroom, they need to win over teachers on the ground. This piece is about how to do that.” – Kata Solow Article: Comprehensive Reading Curricula and Teacher Expertise: …
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Book a Discovery Call Get on the podcast mailing list In this episode, titled 'Define Your Success,' the host emphasizes the importance of taking control of one's definition of success. She shares her journey of realizing that external markers of success did not bring her happiness and fulfillment. The host discusses the power of making active choi…
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Book a Discovery Call Get on the podcast mailing list Summary: In this episode, Coach Dr. Lauren discusses the rebranding of her podcast and introduces the topic of burnout. She shares her personal experience of burnout as a former educator and highlights the common causes of burnout. These causes include violating personal values, isolation, chron…
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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 Yale presentation slides. Mark Seidenberg…
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