A new podcast for teachers by teachers (and literacy experts)
Expert tips and the latest research, and personal stories behind the journey of great teaching
Creating Affirming Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Students
Teacher-Author Patty McGee and educator Lena Schmidt explore the work of creating spaces that affirm the identities of LGBTQ+ students within the classroom, the school, and the community.
Vocabulary Development for Newcomers
Vocabulary is critically important. By the end of first grade, vocabulary is a predictor of either reading success or reading problems in middle school and high school. Dr. Margarita Calderón joins author and educator Patty McGee to discuss...
Literacy expert C.C. Bates, author of Interactive Writing: Developing Readers Through Writing, talks with author and educator Patty McGee about how teachers use Interactive Writing and how they can do it better, in-person or virtually.
Gender and Intersectional Teaching
What voices and gendered perspectives do students experience in your classroom? How can you develop a more inclusive teaching practice? Author and educator Patty McGee and Maria Campanario, National Equity Consultant in Professional...
Culturally Responsive Teaching
Dr. Luvelle Brown, Superintendent of Ithaca City School District, shares his insights on the process, the pedagogies and the necessity of implementing culturally responsive teaching practices and how they can transform an educational community.
Dr. Jan Hasbrouck describes the latest research on dyslexia, its early warning signs, and what families and educators can do to support success with structured literacy, multimodal experiences, and social-emotional support.
Common Myths About Dyslexia
Dr. Jan Hasbrouck defines dyslexia, clears up common misconceptions, and shares why this topic matters so much to her and should matter to everyone, in every school.
Learning Close at Heart
Patty McGee taught daily lessons for 9 weeks on the Benchmark Distance Learning - Literacy Block Facebook group. In this episode she talks about that experience and how it changed her teaching.
Author / educator Patty McGee talks with reading expert Laura Robb about how teachers can make the time and space for independent reading and how their students benefit when they commit to it.
Lasting and meaningful changes occur when a school community works as a team to identify needs. Laura Robb and Evan provide helpful tips for creating a process to evaluate your school’s culture of reading.
A strong writing curriculum has the potential to engage, excite, and propel students forward. In this blog post, author and literacy expert Leah Mermelstein outlines six qualities to help make your writing curriculum the very best it can be.