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Science of Reading:
The Podcast

Science of Reading: The Podcast delivers the latest insights from researchers and practitioners in early reading. Each episode takes a conversational approach and explores a timely topic related to the Science of Reading.

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Meet Our Host: Susan Lambert

In each episode, host Susan Lambert, chief academic officer of elementary humanities at Amplify, 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. Listen and subscribe here!

Science of Reading season 8

Join hundreds of thousands of educators already listening to Science of Reading: The Podcast to get the latest insights from researchers and practitioners in early reading. During this season, we’ll be talking all about knowledge—why it’s so critical for literacy development and student success and how it can be built most effectively.

  • Episode 11: Cognitive load theory: Four items at a time, with Greg Ashman

    Greg Ashman—author of multiple books including A Little Guide for Teachers: Cognitive Load Theory, deputy principal, and professor—sits down with Susan Lambert on this episode to discuss cognitive load theory and how it applies to how students learn and how to best teach them. Together their conversation covers cognitive load theory, including an exploration of working memory and long-term memory; intrinsic load and extraneous load; biologically primary vs. biologically secondary knowledge; and how to apply these concepts in the classroom. Ashman also provides listeners with helpful advice on ensuring their teaching practices are based on evidence.

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  • Episode 10: Comprehension is an outcome, with Sharon Vaughn

  • Episode 9: Knowledge building can’t wait, with HyeJin Hwang

  • Episode 8: The plea to preserve deep reading, with Maryanne Wolf, Ed.D.

  • Episode 7: Vocabulary is unconstrained, with Tanya S. Wright

  • Episode 6: Showing up as your full self, with Dr. Jasmine Rogers

  • Episode 5: No perfect set of words: Building vocabulary, with Margaret McKeown

  • Episode 4: Brace for impact: Unifying classrooms through mission-based learning, with John Hattie

  • Episode 3: Knowledge and vocabulary: Two sides of the same coin, with Gina Cervetti

  • Episode 2: The joy of reading aloud, with Molly Ness

  • Episode 1: Knowledge and comprehension: Never one without the other, with Reid Smith and Pamela Snow