Season 7, Episode 9

Dyslexia: Where we started; where we’re going, with
Dr. Sally Shaywitz

Here to continue our discussion on dyslexia from earlier episodes in the season is an all-time leading expert on the topic: Dr. Sally Shaywitz, co-founder and co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. This literacy legend shares how she came to study dyslexia, the story of her seminal Connecticut Longitudinal Study, and all she’s learned from her years  of dyslexia research. Shaywitz will cover some of the biggest myths and misconceptions about dyslexia and also explain the “sea of strengths” possessed by people with dyslexia.



Meet our guest(s):

Sally Shaywitz

Sally E. Shaywitz, M.D. is the Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development at Yale University and co-founder and co-director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity. She’s devoted to ensuring that individuals who are dyslexic, their parents, and their teachers can act on and benefit from  wonderful new scientific evidence on dyslexia.

Dr. Shaywitz is the author of over 350 scientific papers and chapters about dyslexia. She has been honored with numerous awards, delivered  the 2022 keynote address for the Congressional Dyslexia Roundtable,  and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. She serves on numerous boards and advisory panels, including the New York City Literacy Council, The Park Century School, and Ibis (formerly Great Minds). She received her bachelor of arts with honors from City University of New York, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her M.D. and completed her pediatric training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Meet our host, Susan Lambert

Susan Lambert is the Chief Academic Officer of Elementary Humanities at Amplify, and the host of Science of Reading: The Podcast. Her career has been focused on creating high-quality learning environments using evidence-based practices. Susan is a mom of four, a grandma of four, a world traveler, and a collector of stories.

As the host of Science of Reading: The Podcast, Susan explores the increasing body of scientific research around how reading is best taught. As a former classroom teacher, administrator, and curriculum developer, Susan is dedicated to turning theory into best practices that educators can put right to use in the classroom, and to showcasing national models of reading instruction excellence.


“There are so many people who are slow readers who are brilliant thinkers. That’s our ‘sea of strengths’ model.” —Dr. Sally Shaywitz