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Running the Distance and Beating the Odds: Dyslexia Is a Superpower

Release date: June 9, 2020

Guest: Jared Blank, runner, dyslexia advocate/public speaker
At the age of 5, Jared Blank was diagnosed with Dyslexia and Sensory Processing Disorder. With the support of his family and community, he beat the odds. Once told he would never graduate from high school, Blank graduated from the University of Southern California and earned two Masters degrees. In 2018, he ran the World Marathon Challenge (seven marathons, on seven continents, in seven days) to raise awareness for the International Dyslexia Association®.

In this podcast, Blank discusses how the learning challenges he faced prepared him for the World Marathon Challenge and for life. He shares:

  • What it feels like to grow up with dyslexia and the stigmas attached to it
  • How he beat the odds when it seemed like the odds were against him
  • How you can encourage and support students with dyslexia

As Blank says, “Dyslexia is not a limiting factor, it’s a superpower.”

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Recent Podcasts

The Ties Between Social Emotional Learning and Language and Literacy Development

Release date: May 7, 2020

Guest: Dr. Brandi Kenner, Founder and CEO of Choice-filled Lives Network
Did you know language development is one of the most critical cognitive functions that supports social and emotional learning? During this podcast, educator and Reading League presenter Dr. Brandi Kenner takes an in-depth look at the ties between language and literacy development and SEL, including the role an educator plays in keeping learning brains activated and empowering student voices.

During this podcast, you will learn:

  • When language development truly begins—it may be earlier than you think
  • How social emotional learning continues to develop through interaction with text
  • Why building authentic relationships helps support executive function development
  • The single largest predictor of literacy outcomes across all languages, regardless of learning disability

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Educator Accountability: Preparing for the Tough Literacy Challenges Faced by English Language Learners

Release date: March 17, 2020

Guest: Antonio Fierro, reading consultant, award-winning educator, and LETRS instructor
Schools are failing to support English language learners by not providing educators with the knowledge they need to teach reading effectively. With literacy leading as the main indicator of academic success, it is time for educators to accept responsibility for preparing ELLs for the tough challenges they face along the path to literacy, and learn ways to help these students reach literacy success.

In this podcast, Dr. Antonio Fierro shares his journey from English learner to award-winning educator. He talks about the knowledge he gained from working with educators across the country in the science of reading, including the crucial knowledge educators need to work effectively with ELLs.

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Blended Learning in 2020: The Importance of Technology in the Literacy Classroom

Release date: February 27, 2020

Guest: Carl Hooker, author, blogger, and innovator
In recent years, many school districts have implemented a blended-learning model of literacy instruction that incorporates teacher-taught curriculum with student-driven technology. This shift creates a more flexible classroom for the educator, and also offers more opportunities to tailor instruction to individual student needs, especially students who are struggling. In this podcast, Hooker discusses the future of blended learning, why it is so important in the classroom, and how it can help create new learning opportunities for students who are struggling. If you currently use a blended-literacy program in your classroom, or are considering using one, this podcast is for you.

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Visible Learning for Literacy: Maximizing Teacher Impact and Accelerating Student Learning

Release date: January 23, 2020

Guest: John Hattie, author and learning/teaching expert
If you agree with John Hattie’s statement, “every student deserves a great teacher, not by chance, but by design,” then this podcast is for you. Become a “change agent” in your district, school, or classroom as you learn from a respected expert about how you can implement the practices that accelerate student literacy.

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Dyslexia Screening: What You Need to Know

Release date: December 10, 2019

Guest: Dr. Roland Good, President, Research Analysis
Dyslexia screening is crucial to verifying the presence of dyslexia and providing the diagnostic documentation required for eligibility in specially designed programs throughout a student’s educational career. Dyslexia screening results also provide educators with the intervention strategies they need to help students reach their full academic potential. Join this podcast to learn more about how to use data to pinpoint the signs of dyslexia and create a roadmap to student success.

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Implementing SEL in Your School/District: Why Student Success Depends Upon It

Release date: November 19, 2019

Guest: Andrea Samadi, author and program developer at Achieveit360
School districts and government agencies across the country are seeing the importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the classroom. SEL is an essential factor in providing students with the knowledge, attitude, and skills they need to succeed in school, careers, and life. In this podcast, Samadi discusses tools, resources, and ideas to implement proven strategies backed by the most current neuroscience research to help you achieve the long-term gains of implementing a SEL program in your school or district.

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American Schools Are Failing Students with Dyslexia: What Can We Do about It?

Release Date: October 22, 2019

Guest: Emily Hanford, senior correspondent and producer, APM Reports
Across the country, public schools are failing to identify students with dyslexia and, therefore, unable to provide the intervention and treatment they need. In this special podcast for Dyslexia Awareness Month, Emily Hanford, APM Reports senior correspondent, discusses how American schools continue to shy away from the word “dyslexia” and teach students with reading approaches not backed by scientific evidence. How can we help these students? What kinds of instruction are the most helpful?

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