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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 about how reading is best taught. As a former classroom teacher, administrator, and curriculum developer, Susan has special interests in turning theory into best practices that educators can use in the classroom and showcasing national models of reading instruction excellence.

Special miniseries

This special miniseries dedicated to multilingual/English learners (ML/ELs)! Host Susan Lambert will chat with leading researchers and practitioners about how the Science of Reading supports ML/ELs and why this is so important. Through exploration of the key research and enlightening discussions, Susan and guests will discuss the optimal use of the Science of Reading to enhance students’ classroom experiences and overall learning journeys.

  • Episode 6: Curating a confident classroom for multilingual learners, with Arturo Valadez Sáenz

    In this episode, Susan Lambert is joined by Arturo Valadez Sáenz, a demonstration teacher from Dallas, Texas, who delves into his journey from his childhood in Mexico to becoming an educator in the United States. He describes his current role, teaching both English and Spanish language arts, and emphasizes the importance of bilingual education. He shares the demographics and linguistic challenges of his students, many of whom are newcomers to the country, some of whom come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds or speak different dialects. Sáenz discusses effective strategies like bilingual pairing, feedback for learning, and the impact of Science of Reading practices in his classroom. He also highlights the necessity of creating a positive classroom culture and building students’ confidence. Sáenz’s story is a testament to the transformative power of education and the significant difference a dedicated teacher can make in the lives of students.

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  • Episode 5: Serving every student, in every seat, speaking any language, with Genie Baca

  • Episode 4: Practical strategies for multilingual learning, with Diane August, Ph.D.

  • Episode 3: Diagnosing dyslexia in multilingual learners, with Francisco Usero-González

  • Episode 2: Nurturing multilingualism, with Jim Cummins, Ph.D.

  • Episode 1: Language is always an asset, with Kajal Patel Below

  • Sneak peek: A miniseries on multilingual and English learners

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