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Melissa & Lori Love Literacy ™
Melissa & Lori Love Literacy ™
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Melissa & Lori Love Literacy ™ is a podcast for educators interested in the science of reading. Hear the latest research on... more

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Ep. 185: Understanding the How and Why of Sound Walls with Mary Dahlgren

Sound wall expert Mary Dahlgren explains how sound walls differ from word walls, why it's important to teach all 44... more

01 Mar 2024 · 54 minutes
Ep. 184: First Steps for Reading with Spencer Russell (Quick Tips from Our Teacher Friends)

Spencer Russell, a former kindergarten and first-grade teacher and the founder of Toddlers Can Read, shares his motivation for teaching... more

23 Feb 2024 · 43 minutes
Ep. 183: Aligning Phonemic Awareness Instruction to Research

In this conversation, Becky Pallone and Michael Hart discuss how their phonemic awareness instruction  has evolved over time. They emphasize... more

16 Feb 2024 · 44 minutes
Ep. 182: Plain Talk Conference Recap

Melissa and Lori just returned from the Plain Talk About Literacy & Learning Conference in New Orleans and they will... more

09 Feb 2024 · 28 minutes
Ep. 181: What Research Says About Phonemic Awareness with Matt Burns

Matt Burns discusses the importance of phonemic awareness in reading instruction. Phonemic awareness is an outcome of skilled reading, not... more

02 Feb 2024 · 45 minutes
Ep. 180: Teaching the Alphabet with Shayne Piasta

Shayne Piasta discusses best practices for teaching alphabet knowledge. She tells us what the research suggests about teaching  letter names... more

26 Jan 2024 · 45 minutes
Ep. 179: The RAND Reading Model with Hugh Catts

SummaryIn this episode, the hosts discuss the RAND Model, a heuristic for thinking about reading comprehension. The model was developed... more

19 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Ep. 178: The Simple View and Scarborough’s Reading Rope with Hugh Catts

SummaryIn this episode, Hugh Catts discusses two popular reading models: the Simple View of Reading and Scarborough's Reading Rope. The... more

12 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
Ep. 177: The Five Pillars of Reading with Hugh Catts

SummaryIn this episode, the hosts discuss the five pillars from the National Reading Panel and their history. They explore the... more

05 Jan 2024 · 16 minutes
#1 2023 Countdown: Ep. 143: Maximizing Small Group Reading Instruction

FROM MARCH 10, 2023Today we’ll be talking to a team of authors about a recent article they published on small... more

29 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Episode 176: Quick Q&A: Why Shouldn’t We Level Students and What Should We Do Instead?

Why shouldn’t we level students? Professor and researcher Kristin Conradi-Smith from episode 143 says, “We lack research for differentiation by text... more

26 Dec 2023 · 3 minutes
#2 2023 Countdown: Ep. 142: Structured Literacy in Small Group Time

FROM FEBRUARY 24, 2023In today’s episode, we discuss the structure and content of the literacy block. How can we teach... more

22 Dec 2023 · 57 minutes
Episode 175: Quick Q&A - What Does Research Say About Small Group Reading Instruction?

What does the research say about small group reading instruction?ResourcesEpisode 142: Structured Literacy in Small Group TimeEpisode 143: Maximizing Small... more

19 Dec 2023 · 4 minutes
#3 2023 Countdown: Ep. 153: Fluency Instruction and Assessment with Jan Hasbrouck

FROM JULY 7, 2023Today we talk about fluency and assessment with Jan Hasbrouck. She shares tips and tricks for how... more

15 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Episode 174: Unpacking the Knowledge Matters Review Tool with Sue Pimentel and Barbara Davidson

Is your district adopting a new English language arts/literacy curriculum? Have you wondered how to tell if an ELA curriculum... more

12 Dec 2023 · 52 minutes
#4 2023 Countdown: Ep. 154: Fluency Instructional Routines with Nathaniel Swain

FROM JULY 14, 2023What if you could unlock the secrets to fluency instruction in literacy, and transform your students into... more

08 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Episode 173: Quick Q&A: What Are Funds of Knowledge and How Are They Related to Background Knowledge?

Funds of Knowledge are the skills and knowledge gained by daily routines and practices, as well as cultural and historical... more

05 Dec 2023 · 2 minutes
#5 2023 Countdown: Ep. 157: Reading Comprehension Blueprint with Nancy Hennessy

FROM AUGUST 4, 2023What if the key to unlocking your students' reading comprehension could be found through a deeper understanding... more

01 Dec 2023 · 1 hour,
Episode 172: Quick Q&A: Are You Adopting a New ELA Curriculum? Where Do You Start?

Are You Adopting a New ELA Curriculum? Where Do You Start?One place to start your curriculum adoption journey is EdReports.... more

28 Nov 2023 · 6 minutes
[LISTEN AGAIN] Ep. 78: Fourth Grade Teacher Applies the Science of Reading by Building Knowledge

From October 21, 2021 Kory Jensen is a 4th grade teacher in Colorado, obsessed with learning more about reading science!... more

24 Nov 2023 · 52 minutes
Episode 171: Quick Q&A: What is a Curriculum Evaluation Tool?

A curriculum evaluation tool that helps teachers, leaders, and parents, determine if a curriculum meets high quality standards or not. There... more

21 Nov 2023 · 3 minutes
Ep. 170: All About Read-Alouds with Molly Ness

Today we talk to educator and author Molly Ness about intentionally planning for read-alouds. Molly will share an easy to... more

17 Nov 2023 · 48 minutes
Episode 169: Quick Q&A: What is a Read Aloud?

What is a read aloud? It is very common to see early childhood and elementary school teachers reading aloud to... more

14 Nov 2023 · 2 minutes
[LISTEN AGAIN} Ep. 66: Science of Reading Comprehension with Nell Duke

From July 30, 2021 To connect with a practitioner lens, Duke (alongside Ward & Pearson) also penned The Science of... more

10 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Episode 168: Quick Q&A: What is Dysgraphia?

What is dysgraphia? The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association defines dysgraphia as referring to difficulty with either language or spelling-based aspects of writing. ... more

07 Nov 2023 · 2 minutes
Ep. 167: The Relationship Between Phonics and Language Comprehension with Tiffany Hogan

Today talk to researcher Tiffany Hogan about language comprehension. We’ll start with the Simple View of Reading, exploring the relationship... more

03 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Episode 166: Quick Q&A: What is Developmental Language Disorder?

What is Developmental Language Disorder, or DLD? Developmental Language Disorder is a brain-based neurodevelopmental diversity - such as autism or... more

01 Nov 2023 · 2 minutes
[LISTEN AGAIN] Ep. 128: Dear Balanced Literacy Teacher with Missy Purcell

From October 7, 2022In this episode, we talk with former balanced literacy teacher and parent, Missy Purcell. She authored a... more

27 Oct 2023 · 55 minutes
Ep. 165: How Brains Learn to Read and Dyslexia with Nadine Gaab

Nadine Gaab, Associate Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, joins us on the podcast to talk... more

20 Oct 2023 · 41 minutes
[LISTEN AGAIN] Ep. 127: Richard Gentry, Dyslexia Expert

From September 30, 2022 Dr. J. Richard Gentry, Dyslexia Expert and the “Guru of Spelling,” joins us on the podcast... more

13 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Ep. 164: Misconceptions about Learning to Read with Carolyn Strom

Ever wondered why reading isn't as natural as speech? Carolyn Strom, an accomplished early literacy expert, reveals that unlike speech,... more

06 Oct 2023 · 46 minutes
Ep. 163: Mom Advocate Discusses Dyslexia Awareness

ResourcesCleverNoodleInternational Dyslexia AssociationGaab Lab Student Achievement PartnersEdReports.org The Reed Charitable FoundationLETRS TrainingConnect with us Facebook and join our Facebook Group... more

29 Sep 2023 · 50 minutes
[Listen Again] Ep. 109: The Right to Read with Second Language Educator, Kim Lockhart

From May 2022 Kim Lockhart, Canadian French immersion teacher and special educator in Kingston, Ontario, shares how she meets the needs... more

22 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
[Listen Again] Episode 8: Kyair & Katie Talk REAL Teacher Talk!

Listen Again from July 9, 2019: A teacher's perspective on curriculum implementation is invaluable... and today, we have not ONE,... more

15 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Ep. 162: Back to School: Teachers Speak Out

It's our first CALL IN EPISODE! Teachers voices are so important in this reading science movement.  We asked teachers to... more

08 Sep 2023 · 38 minutes
Ep. 161: Back to School: Communicating with Families about Reading Science

Crystal Lenhart is a literacy coach who developed a resource that clearly and transparently explains to families and caregivers how... more

01 Sep 2023 · 34 minutes
Ep. 160: Back to School: Understanding Reading Research with Neena Saha

Ever wondered how to navigate the complex world of reading research as an educator? Get ready for a great conversation... more

25 Aug 2023 · 38 minutes
Ep. 159: Back to School: Science of Reading or Snake Oil with Holly Lane

Ever wonder how to decipher the Science of Reading or how to evaluate a curriculum that claims to be founded... more

18 Aug 2023 · 57 minutes
Ep. 158: Science of Reading Beyond Phonics: The Ultimate Goal of Reading with Doug Fisher

Imagine transforming the way you teach reading. Picture your students not just passively consuming the written word, but actively producing... more

11 Aug 2023 · 46 minutes
Ep. 157: Science of Reading Beyond Phonics: Reading Comprehension Blueprint with Nancy Hennessy

What if the key to unlocking your students' reading comprehension could be found through a deeper understanding of the intricate... more

04 Aug 2023 · 1 hour,
Ep. 156: Science of Reading Beyond Phonics: Vocabulary Instruction with a Grade 5 Teacher

Ever thought about the power of words? Join us as we discuss our most requested topic of all time: vocabulary.... more

28 Jul 2023 · 1 hour,
Ep. 155: Science of Reading Beyond Phonics: Language for Life with Lyn Stone

Ever wondered how the fascinating world of words impacts our lives? Join us as we sit down with linguist and... more

21 Jul 2023 · 1 hour,
Ep. 154: Science of Reading Beyond Phonics Series: Fluency Instructional Routines with Nathaniel Swain

What if you could unlock the secrets to fluency instruction in literacy, and transform your students into confident and skilled... more

14 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Ep. 153: Science of Reading Beyond Phonics: Fluency Instruction and Assessment with Jan Hasbrouck

Today we talk about fluency and assessment with Jan Hasbrouck. She shares tips and tricks for how to to best... more

07 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Ep. 152: Science of Reading for ALL Students: Multilingual Learners with Claude Goldenberg

What if we told you that the science of reading is just as applicable to multilingual learners as it is... more

30 Jun 2023 · 56 minutes
Ep. 151: Science of Reading for ALL Students: Language Variation and Reading with Julie Washington

In today’s episode, Julie Washington discusses how literacy learning can be supported by language variations. Reading and language are intertwined.... more

23 Jun 2023 · 54 minutes
Ep. 150: Science of Reading for ALL Students: Intervention for Secondary Students

Secondary educators have students in their classrooms who weren’t taught to read. Because of these reading deficits, students  likely have... more

16 Jun 2023 · 57 minutes
[Listen Again] Ep. 26: Tim Shanahan Shares about Strategies & Knowledge Building

We talked with the fabulously candid Tim Shanahan about his recent blog post Prior Knowledge, or He Isn't Going to... more

09 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Ep. 149: Hot Topic Series: Clarifying Differences Between Reading Skills and Reading Strategies

Our conversation today illuminates a hot topic in reading - skills and strategies. What’s the difference? Peter Afflerbach, researcher and... more

02 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
[Listen Again] Episode 30: Wild about Wexler: Take 2!

We had the opportunity to talk (again!) with Natalie Wexler about tips for effective remote learning (read her full article... more

26 May 2023 · 59 minutes
Ep. 148: Hot Topic Series: Should You Teach Phonemic Awareness ‘In the Dark’ or with Print?

What is Phonemic Awareness? It’s one component of your literacy instruction. Phonemic awareness means understanding that spoken words are made... more

19 May 2023 · 45 minutes
[Listen Again] Ep. 113: Reading is Rocket Science with Louisa Moats

Why is teaching reading so important? Melissa and Lori have a conversation with Louisa Moats grounded in this article: Teaching... more

12 May 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Ep. 147: Hot Topic Series: What is Speech to Print?

In this episode, we’ll discuss an approach to teaching foundational skills known as speech to print. The speech to print... more

05 May 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
[Listen Again] Ep. 116: Sonia Cabell on the Importance of Content-Rich ELA Instruction

Dr. Sonia Cabell, Associate Professor at Florida State University, shares the importance of both oral language and content knowledge instruction.... more

28 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Ep. 146: Reading Comprehension is Not a Skill with Robert Pondiscio

Robert Pondiscio, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), asserts that reading comprehension is NOT a skill. Yes, good... more

21 Apr 2023 · 57 minutes
[Listen Again] Ep. 118: Rethinking Reading Comprehension with Researcher Hugh Catts

In this episode, researcher Hugh Catts discusses his pivotal piece titled Rethinking How to Promote Reading Comprehension | American Federation... more

14 Apr 2023 · 56 minutes
Ep. 145: Debunking Balanced Literacy Arguments with Pamela Snow

Pamela Snow, professor at Latrobe University in Australia, discusses the arguments that keep surfacing when educators are resistant to move... more

07 Apr 2023 · 59 minutes
[Listen Again] Ep. 112: Kareem Weaver on Levers for Literacy Change

In this episode, Melissa and Lori have a candid discussion about change with Kareem Weaver, co-founder of FULCRUM Oakland: Full... more

31 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Episode 144: The Science of Reading as More Than a Pendulum Swing

We want the shift to reading science to be permanent, not perceived as another ‘educational pendulum swing.’ To do this,... more

24 Mar 2023 · 57 minutes
[Listen Again] Ep. 37: Placing Text at the Center of the ELA Classroom with Meredith Liben & Sue Pimentel

The article Placing Text at the Center of the Standards-Aligned ELA Classroom is a must-read before or after listening to... more

17 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Ep. 143: Maximizing Small Group Reading Instruction

Today we’ll be talking to a team of authors about a recent article they published on small group instruction, titled... more

10 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
[Listen Again] Ep. 80: A Primary Teacher's Perspective on Science of Reading, Small Group Instruction, and Sound Walls

In this episode, Lindsay Kemeny, 2nd grade teacher, gives a deep dive into her evidence-based, small group instruction time. Her... more

03 Mar 2023 · 44 minutes
Ep. 142: Structured Literacy in Small Group Time

In today’s episode, we discuss the structure and content of the literacy block. How can we teach using structured literacy... more

24 Feb 2023 · 57 minutes
[Listen Again] Ep. 22: Leading Urgent Change in Baltimore with Dr. Sonja Santelises

Ep. 22: Dr. Sonja Santelises joined us to discuss why she saw the urgent need for change in Baltimore City... more

17 Feb 2023 · 44 minutes
Ep. 141: Literacy Leaders as Agents of Change

What does it take to disrupt the "way it has always been done"? Dr. Ernie Ortiz, Senior Literacy Engagement Specialist... more

10 Feb 2023 · 59 minutes
[Listen Again] Ep 92: Talking About the Literacy Block with Two Early Elementary Teachers

We are honored to talk with two early grade veteran teachers from Vista Peak Exploratory in Aurora, CO. Vista Peak... more

03 Feb 2023 · 56 minutes
Ep. 140: K-2 Literacy Block Deep Dive

In today’s episode, we talk with a teacher and interventionist from Blount County, TN, Erin Metz. She provides an in... more

27 Jan 2023 · 54 minutes
[Listen Again] Episode 10: Noticing The #KnowledgeGap with Natalie Wexler

LISTEN AGAIN | FROM JULY 31, 2019Today we are live with Natalie Wexler, the author of The Knowledge Gap: The... more

20 Jan 2023 · 50 minutes
Ep. 139: Knowledge and Comprehension with Daniel Willingham and Barbara Davidson

In today’s episode, we discuss knowledge and vocabulary as critical components of reading comprehension. We hear from author and professor... more

13 Jan 2023 · 1 hour,
2022 COUNTDOWN: #1

Ep. 115: Kindergarten TEAM Reaches (nearly) 100% Success Using Evidence-Based PracticesKristin Poppens IS BACK! In this episode, she shares the... more

31 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
2022 COUNTDOWN: #2

Ep. 113: Reading is Rocket Science with Louisa MoatsWhy is teaching reading so important? Melissa and Lori have a conversation... more

30 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
2022 COUNTDOWN: #3

Ep. 108: From 13% to 100% Literacy Proficiency with School Leader Angie HanlinAngie Hanlin, current Superintendent in Wisconsin, led her... more

29 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
2022 COUNTDOWN: #4

Ep. 117: The Writing Revolution with Authors Judith Hochman and Natalie WexlerThe Writing Revolution authors, Judith Hochman and Natalie Wexler,... more

28 Dec 2022 · 56 minutes
2022 COUNTDOWN: #5

Ep. 120: Research-Based Routines for Developing Decoding Skills with Julia LindseyTalking with Dr. Julia Lindsey is like popping into the... more

27 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Melissa and Lori Love 2022: End of Year Wrap Up

Today we’ll be sharing what you can expect for 2023! We’re so excited to have created such an incredible community of... more

23 Dec 2022 · 11 minutes
Ep. 138: A RISE-ing Cause for Hope

In today’s Feel Good Friday episode, we talk with Shaheer Mustafa, President and CEO of Hopewell Inc, and Amy Schneider,... more

16 Dec 2022 · 35 minutes
Ep. 137: Tackling the Tough Issue of Adult Illiteracy

In today’s Feel Good Friday episode, we talk with Deidra Mayberry, Executive Director of the nonprofit, Reading to New Heights,... more

09 Dec 2022 · 30 minutes
Ep. 136: An Inside Look at Virtual School

In today's Feel Good Friday episode, we talk with Steven Shadel, Director of Great Minds Virtual School. He tells us... more

02 Dec 2022 · 35 minutes
Ep. 135: Decodable Text Series: Math Readability

In this episode, we talk with a team of educators who made Eureka Math Squared decodable, readable, and accessible for... more

25 Nov 2022 · 45 minutes
Ep. 134: Decodable Text Series: Small Group Instructional Time

In this episode, we talk with first grade teacher, April Evans, about how she uses Tier 1 foundational skills assessment... more

18 Nov 2022 · 48 minutes
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In today’s Feel Good Friday episode, we talk with Shaheer Mustafa, President and CEO of Hopewell Inc, and Amy Schneider, vice president,... more