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Millions of kids can't read well. Scientists have known for decades how children learn to read but many schools are ignoring the research. They buy teacher training and books that are rooted in a disproven idea. Emily Hanford investigates four authors and a publishing company that have made millions selling this idea.
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Order 9066

APM Reports & The Smithsonian

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Order 9066 chronicles the history of the WWII Japanese American Incarceration through vivid, first-person accounts of those who lived through it. The series explores how this shocking violation of American democracy came to pass, and its legacy in the present.
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During the Vietnam War, roughly one in five GIs actively opposed the conflict. Many servicemen and women came to believe they were not liberating the country from communism but acting as agents of tyranny. In the combat zone, they rebelled against their commanders' orders. At home, they staged massive protests. Soldiers for Peace offers a first-person look at how GIs were transformed by Vietnam, and the strategies veterans and active-duty personnel used to bring the war to an end.
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Campaign '68

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Fifty years ago, the country was rocked by a historic presidential campaign. The Democratic party crumbled, a new Republican era began, and the country threatened to split in two. Campaign '68 traces the twists, turns and tragic violence that followed Americans all the way to the voting booths. What began in '68 is still roiling American politics today.
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Sent Away

APM Reports, KUER and The Salt Lake Tribune

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It didn't seem to matter what happened at the teen treatment center. The state of Utah always gave it another chance. Death. Allegations of abuse. Criminal charges. Bizarre punishments. Whistleblowers coming forward. Each time, the place got a pass. A team of reporters from three news organizations has spent the last year digging into the untold stories of Utah's massive teen treatment industry. Some 20,000 teenagers facing depression, delinquency and other problems have been sent there from ...
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Historically Black

APM Reports & The Washington Post

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Objects hold history. They're evocative of stories stamped in time. As part of The Washington Post's coverage of the Smithsonian's new National Museum of African American History and Culture, people submitted dozens of objects that make up their own lived experiences of black history, creating a "people's museum" of personal objects, family photos and more. The Historically Black podcast brings those objects and their stories to life through interviews, archival sound and music. The Washingt ...
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The Marketplace Wealth and Poverty Desk explores money and class, where we came from and where our country is going economically, thanks to funding from the Ford Foundation. We want to hear your stories, ideas, and questions to help us create great journalism about the growing concentration of wealth in the United States. We’ll report on the forces and policies that led to the wealth gap. We’ll look at what the consequences are, good or bad, for our families and communities. We’ll be asking ...
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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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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…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Program Review Protocols with Dr. Timothy Shanahan Timothy 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 to discuss problems and his suggested solutions. Shanahan on Literacy Article: What About Textbook…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Ann Sullivan: Phonics for Students with Special Needs Autistic people’s cognitive potential has been underestimated as well as their linguistic potential. Ann Sullivan offers suggestions for how teachers can help children access phonics. Article: “Literacy in Nonspeaking Autistic People” https://journals.sagep…
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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 4 By Casey Jergens 3/27/24 The Goyen Foundation Blog https://www.goyen.io/…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Kathy Rastle on Having a Database of Books for Children The Children and Young People’s Books-Lexicon (CYP-LEX) provides unprecedented information into 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. Sho…
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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 College https://readingrecovery.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/JRR_23-2_Spring_2024_Rich.pdf Quote from the article: “The purpose of this article is to comp…
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Send us a Text Message. 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 pract…
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Some of the teachers, students, parents and researchers we met in Sold a Story talk about the impact the podcast has had on their lives and in schools — and share some of their hopes and concerns about the “science of reading” movement. Portraits: Zoe and Lee Gaul, Christine Cronin, Reid Lyon Email us: soldastory@apmreports.org Video: Mark Seidenbe…
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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.2280 What is the Most Effective Instruction for Learning Disabilities? What is Dyslexia? What is DLD? Why is the …
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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 Comprehension Alida K. Hudson, Julie Owens, Karol A. Moore, Kacee Lambright, Kausalai (Kay) Wijekumar First published: 27 April 2021…
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Schools around the country are changing the way they teach reading. And that is having major consequences for people who sold the flawed theory we investigated in Sold a Story. But Lucy Calkins, Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell are fighting back — and fighting to stay relevant. And so are organizations that promoted their work: The Reading Recovery…
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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 Wasowicz Article: “Articulatory Gestures in Literacy Instruction” Laura MacGrath, MSc(A) January 25, 2024 https://learningbydesi…
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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 reading comprehension has led some literacy professionals and journalists to proclaim that building background knowledge is the main solution to addressing students’ difficulties with read…
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A Spanish adaptation of Sold a Story is now available. Hosted by journalist Valeria Fernández, the podcast is condensed into one 58-minute episode, plus a conversation between Fernández and Emily Hanford for Spanish-speaking parents whose children are learning to read English in American schools. - Listen or share: Sold a Story en español - Learn m…
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Send us a Text Message. 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 …
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Send us a Text Message. 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://sh…
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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” 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…
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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 Webina…
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Send us a Text Message. 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 tool…
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Send us a Text Message. 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…
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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 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 ensur…
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Send us a Text Message. 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: …
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Send us a Text Message. 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: …
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Send us a Text Message. 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—increas…
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Send us a Text Message. 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 direc…
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Send us a Text Message. 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 …
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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, peo…
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Send us a Text Message. 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…
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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 Yale presentation…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System is Often Wrong with Dr. Matt Burns “Flipping a coin would actually be better.” “And when it came to identifying the readers who were furthest behind, Burns said, the BAS performed even worse.” Matt Burns is a special education professor who conducted the first peer…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Is ‘Sold a Story’ an incomplete and oversimplified picture of reading? Nick Covington’s view “My goal with this piece is to capture the questions and criticisms that I have not just about the narrative of Sold A Story but of the broader movement toward “The Science of Reading,” and bring in other evidence and …
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Send us a Text Message. The One About: Don’t Discard Comprehension Strategies with Jennifer Buckingham “The arguments against teaching comprehension skills and strategies are often framed in these ways: 1) Comprehension skills/strategies are not generic, transferable competencies … so it is a waste of time to teach them explicitly. 2) Reading compr…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About: Reading Curriculum Overhaul with Journalist Alex Zimmerman Is your school using a new reading curriculum for the first time this year? �� Do you feel prepared to transition to a new reading curriculum? �� Is your district “building the plane while flying it?” �� Teachers and school leaders are struggling to ma…
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Send us a Text Message. https://thinksrsd.com/The One About… Powerful Writing Instruction with Karen Harris We have a body of evidence-based practices (EBPs) and best practices that can make a meaningful difference in writing development for our students. The Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) model of instruction for writing results in mea…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Nell Duke: What We Truly Know About the Teaching of Reading What does research tell us about cueing; what does research tell us about phonics instruction; what does research instruction tell us about teaching areas other than phonics; what does research tell us about causes of reading difficulty; how do psycho…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Selective Research Findings with Dr. Michael Paff As we turn back the clocks, it looks like some educators are trying to turn back the hands of time and poke holes in the Science of Reading. Article “Stories Grounded in Decades of Research What We Truly Know About the Teaching of Reading” Quote “While science …
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Send us a Text Message. The One About: Writing Research with Stephen Ciullo and Alyson Collins Article #1 The findings from this study raise substantial concerns about the preparation to teach writing general and special education teachers receive in their preservice program. “Special and General Education Teachers’ Beliefs About Writing and Writin…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Dr. Pamela Snow’s Call to Action: School Leaders Article “School Leaders and Reading Instruction: Time to demand LESS than more autonomy” http://pamelasnow.blogspot.com/2023/10/school-leaders-and-science-of-reading.html?m=1 Bio https://scholars.latrobe.edu.au/pcsnow Blog: The Snow Report http://pamelasnow.blog…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… An Attorney’s View on the Reading Recovery Lawsuit Do they have a case? What does this mean for Fountas and Pinnell? Will Ohio State University go in the same direction as Columbia University? John McGrath is a New York attorney representing parents and their children in meetings of school district Committees …
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… The Reading Recovery Lawsuit with Steve Dykstra The Reading Recovery Council of North America filed a lawsuit against Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. Dr. Steve Dykstra joins us to discuss this breaking news! We also asked Steve to respond to Bruce Howlett’s revised blog that originally appeared on the Learning by D…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About…Reading and Writing Go Together with Leah Mermelstein Bio: Leah Mermelstein Consulting (LMC) collaborates with school districts, educational professionals and learning organizations to enhance K-6 literacy instruction and promote literacy development. Leah Mermelstein is a literacy thought leader, published aut…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Multicomponent Literacy Instruction with Bruce Howlett Article: Our Choice: Rapidly Translate, Evaluate and Adopt Innovative Literacy Methods or Prolong the Reading Wars Bruce Howlett with Caitlin S. Howlett, Ph.D. September 6, 2023 (Opinions presented are those of the guest authors and not necessarily those o…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Margie Gillis on Storytelling and Oral Language One way to enrich children's language experience is through the use of storytelling. Many studies have shown that children build vocabulary, use more complex sentences, and improve comprehension when frequently exposed to stories Margie Gillis, Ed.D. founded Lite…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Sam Bommarito (Dr. Sam) Presents a Centrist’s View in the Reading Wars Article: “NC sees big increase in reading skills among K-3 students. Is the state back on track?” Keung Hui The News & Observer https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article277956948.html Dr. Sam believes that reading improv…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Finding Your Outlet, Part 4 of the SUMMER SELF-CARE SERIES! You sign your kids up for every sport and after-school activity, but what do you do for YOU? The last episode of our SELF-CARE SUMMER SERIES is all about the importance of having FUN! Jen Zale gives practical tips for prioritizing “me” time and discus…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Self-Esteem and Confidence Part 3 of the Self-Care Series! Jake Sussman, founder of Superpower Mentors, struggled with learning disabilities as a child and knows firsthand what it is like to feel misunderstood by professionals and adults. At the core of his program is the conviction that every mentee can tap i…
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Send us a Text Message. Introducing Nicholas Giliberti, a dynamic individual with an unwavering dedication to nutrition, fitness, sports training, and physical therapy. With a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Hunter College and certification as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist and Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicin…
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Send us a Text Message. The One About… Mindfulness and Stress Reduction with Rachel The Literacy View is proud to present a Summer Self-Care Series! Mindful Teacher Rachel shares tips and strategies for teachers, students, and parents about Social Emotional Learning (SEL). You can follow Rachel on Instagram @mindfulteacherrachel or Twitter @teachra…
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Send us a Text Message. Are SoR laws working? What is the impact of SoR laws on the number of students at grade level? What type of policy factors have the greatest impact? Article: Https://www.teachingbyscience.com/sor-laws/ Nate Joseph’s books: https://teachingbyscience.com/books/ Nathaniel Hansford (Nate) is a teacher of 11 years, the author of …
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Send us a Text Message. “The linchpin is the principal and the assistant principal,” said Wiley Blevins, an early reading specialist who has helped train local teachers. “Them understanding what’s happening, being properly trained and having buy-in.” He added: “If you don’t have that, it’s going to fail.” Article: “The Surprising Obstacle to Overha…
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