The Brain and Reading: Why Learning to Read Is Hard and What to Do About It

February 09, 2021 Readable English
The Brain and Reading: Why Learning to Read Is Hard and What to Do About It
Show Notes

This edWeb podcast is sponsored by Readable English.
The webinar recording can be accessed here.

Have you ever wondered why we are facing a literacy crisis? A look at The Nation’s Report Card reveals that there has been no improvement to the low reading rates of our students for the past 30 years, despite increases in special education, Title I and school improvement grant dollars, technology, and the influx of countless intervention programs. This edWeb podcast will explore the underlying causes of literacy failure and how understanding the connections between the brain, reading, and the English language will help. 

In this edWeb podcast, listeners learn about:

  • The complexities of the English language
  • The brain and reading – understanding cognitive load and orthographic mapping
  • Willingham’s cognitive model and Stanislas Dehaene’s neuronal recycling hypothesis
  • A solution to address the intrinsic problems of learning to read English

This edWeb podcast is of interest to K-12 principals, reading teachers, reading specialists, literacy coaches, classroom teachers, curriculum coordinators, federal program directors, and all educators who have a role in improving student literacy.

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