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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 will share his journey from English learner to award-winning educator. Dr. Fierro will talk 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 will discuss 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, will discuss 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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