Reading Road Trip

International Dyslexia Association Ontario

In each episode of Reading Road Trip from IDA Ontario, host and classroom teacher Kate Winn explores evidence-based literacy instruction with a fabulous guest. From researchers and authors to educators and advocates, they're all sharing practical ideas that can be implemented now in your class, school or district! New episodes dropping each Monday across the summer. read less
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S2 E3: The Structured Literacy Shift in a First Nation School with Catherine Shawana
15-01-2024
S2 E3: The Structured Literacy Shift in a First Nation School with Catherine Shawana
Kate welcomes Catherine Shawana, a member of Wiikwemkoong unceded territory, for a candid discussion about her First Nation school's journey from balanced literacy to structured literacy, as well as a broader conversation about First Nations education. Catherine's passions are rooted in the foundation of building Anishnawbek identity and establishing a connection to Indigenous ways of knowing, doing and being. She believes this strength-based identity work is necessary for all students to develop a positive sense of identity and to understand. We all have a community of stories waiting to be told and heard.   Show Notes: Catherine mentioned that the Right to Read report contains not only recommendations for improving practice in Ontario, but also a historical context of First Nations, Métis and Inuit experiences. Read more here.    Throughout the episode, Catherine referenced several past IDA Ontario webinars and workshops: Kareem Weaver joined IDA Ontario's Right to Read Symposium, discussing barriers to educational equityKate, along with Nellie Caruso and Leigh Fettes, unpacked universal screening in their classrooms in the Becoming a Literacy Leader seriesDr. Stephanie Stollar joined IDA Ontario for a day-long workshop on the foundations of MTSSAll past recordings of webinars and workshops can be found on our YouTube channel!   Catherine "binge listened" to the Amplify Science of Reading podcast, hosted by Susan Lambert.   Kate mentioned Dr. Rudine Sims Bishops' metaphor of 'mirrors, windows and sliding doors' - see the paper where she originally coined the phrase, as well as a more recent video of her discussing diversity in books and the authors who write them   IDA Ontario is a registered charity, and we depend on your donations to support our programs, including Reading Road Trip. Please consider donating to support this work.
S2 E2: Making Sense of Syntax with Nancy Chapel Eberhardt
08-01-2024
S2 E2: Making Sense of Syntax with Nancy Chapel Eberhardt
This week, Kate is joined by Nancy Chapel Eberhardt to discuss all things syntax. A key element of language comprehension, equipping students with an understanding of syntax is key to supporting strong reading and writing skills! Take a listen to learn more about how syntax develops and how to best teach this domain of language.   Nancy Chapel Eberhardt is the coauthor of Sortegories 3.0, a web-based app designed to provide practice for essential early literacy skills. She serves as a member of the International Dyslexia Association's Perspectives on Language and Literacy editorial board and is a board member of the Reading League Connecticut chapter.   Show Notes: Nancy is a wealth of knowledge! Here are links to the fantastic resources she mentions in this episode: Sortegories 3.0Literacy How: Syntax Knowledge to Practice course and book, co-authored with Dr. Margie GillisCheryl Scott article: A Case for the Sentence in Reading ComprehensionOakhill, Cain & Elbro book: Understanding and Teaching Reading ComprehensionCoh-Metrix, a tool that analyzes text through measuring word frequency, sentence length, cohesion, and syntactic complexityHochman & Wexler book: The Writing RevolutionSaddler book: Teacher's Guide to Effective Sentence WritingJennings & Haynes book: From Talking to WritingThe cohesion circle Nancy mentions is described in this article from Perspectives on Language & Literacy by Haynes, Smith and LaudMelinda Hinch, SLP from Greater Essex County DSB, has aligned the teaching materials from the Syntax Project to the Ontario B3 Language Conventions continuum.PELI (Preschool Early Literacy Indicators) screening assessmentCFOL (Comprehension, Fluency & Oral Language) diagnostic assessmentHennessy book: The Reading Comprehension BlueprintComing January 2024:
S1 E7: Literacy Coaching and PD with Dr. Daryl Michel
14-08-2023
S1 E7: Literacy Coaching and PD with Dr. Daryl Michel
Kate welcomes Dr. Daryl Michel for a candid discussion on literacy coaching and PD. As we look to the beginning of a new school year, and as many systems plan structured literacy teacher PD, how can we create meaningful professional learning opportunities that lead to strong student and teacher outcomes?   Dr. Daryl Michel is the founder of Be A Change, LLC, and a lifelong educator who is passionate about engaging with others to learn, teach, and inspire while appreciating and advocating for voices and perspectives to be heard. Find Daryl on Twitter or at his website.   Daryl’s book, Student-Focused Coaching, co-authored with Jan Hasbrouck, is a fantastic resource for instructional coaches, but also for all educators focused on supporting the learning of colleagues.    The book outlines the three main coaching roles—Facilitator, Collaborative Problem-Solver, and Teacher/Learner—and provides tools to build strong professional relationships with all educators. It covers various aspects of coaching, including improving communication, setting and achieving goals, utilizing data in an MTSS model, and supporting administrators. The book also includes practical materials for coaches, such as worksheets, checklists, and self-assessment tools.   In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, we are amplifying the work of an Indigenous creator in every episode. This week’s pick is the picture book Birdsong, written and illustrated by Julie Flett.   Are you an educator listening to Reading Road Trip with your colleagues? Use our Podcast Discussion Guide to support your discussions.