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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 7

We know getting literacy education right is hard, and every day in the classroom brings a new set of challenges to educators. During season 7 of Science of Reading: The Podcast, Tackling the Hard Stuff, we’ll be taking on all the tough questions that come up for literacy educators—from trauma-informed teaching and writing instruction to managing small-group instruction time. We’ll also dive into how the Science of Reading connects to biliteracy, dyslexia, middle school, and more.

  • Season 7 Interlude Episode 2 (Part 2): Embracing the complexity of learning to read with Reid Lyon

    This is Part 2 of our conversation with Dr. Reid Lyon (listen to Part 1 here), one of the leading experts in reading research. After years working for and with the highest levels of the U.S. government, Dr. Lyon stepped away from working on reading research. However, in May 2023, he released his “Ten Maxims: What We’ve Learned So Far About How Children Learn to Read.” Picking up where we left off last episode, Dr. Lyon continues to expand on what we know about how children learn—and explains how much of this information was known two decades ago when he was testifying before Congress. He also goes into what he sees in the current Science of Reading landscape, what he hopes for the future, and how both of those things led to the creation of his “Ten Maxims.”

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  • Season 7 Interlude Episode 2 (Part 1): Embracing the complexity of learning to read with Reid Lyon

  • Season 7 Interlude Episode 1: Keeping up with educational research on teaching reading

  • Episode 10: From football to phonics with Malcolm Mitchell

  • Episode 9: Dyslexia: Where we started; where we’re going, with Dr. Sally Shaywitz

  • Episode 8: Writing your way to better reading with Steve Graham

  • Episode 7: Debunking the "gift" of dyslexia in children with Dr. Tim Odegard

  • Special Episode: Disciplinary literacy: Connecting reading and math in children's literature

  • Episode 6: What teachers can learn from incarcerated youth with Hilderbrand Pelzer III

  • Special Episode: Integrating science and literacy strategies with Susan Gomez Zwiep

  • Episode 5: Science of Reading professional development with Danielle Thompson

  • Episode 4: Scaffolding in education is built to be temporary with Zaretta Hammond

  • Special Episode: The Right to Read: Live from Plain Talk with Kareem Weaver

  • Episode 3: When not to differentiate: A guide to small-group instruction with Jamey Peavler

  • Episode 2: The Science of Reading in the Montessori classroom with Susan Zoll, Natasha Feinberg, Laura Saylor

  • Episode 1: Navigating the noise with Claude Goldenberg