Rebecca Reed

Shifting our Approach to Elementary Reading Instruction, with Natalie Wexler, Author of The Knowledge Gap

Shifting our Approach to Elementary Reading Instruction, with Natalie Wexler, Author of The Knowledge Gap

Have you ever read a paper, found a tool, or heard an idea that made you stop and think, "If we could do this, we'd see truly major changes"? That's how I felt after speaking with education journalist and author Natalie Wexler about her recent book, The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America's Broken Education System - and How to Fix It. Despite the heavy emphasis on reading instruction through testing, "accountability" measures, and funding over the last two decades, reading scores have been flat. Students performing at "proficient" levels make up less than one third of the student population. Why is this? The answer appears to lie not in environmental factors or lack of resources, but in our approach to reading instruction. In this episode, Natalie shares why skills-based reading comprehension misses the mark, and new approach that can close the gap. Connect with Natalie and her writing:Website: https://nataliewexler.com/Twitter: @natwexlerBooks: The Knowledge Gap and The Writing RevolutionRebecca's hosting the first Education Innovation Virtual Town Hall on February 25, 2020. The event is free but remaining space is limited. Click here to register and reserve your spot!If you're interested in partnering with kindness.org as a Learn Kind Pilot classroom, go to kindness.org and scroll down to "Learn Kind" to find out more. (Or you can send Rebecca a message!)If you liked what you heard, rate and review Off the Assembly LineConnect with Rebecca on LinkedIn or at rebeccaareed.com.Learn more about the Teacher Mastermind at http://teachermastermind.comFollow Off the Assembly Linetwitter @offassemblylineinstagram @offtheassemblyline_podcastfacebook @offtheassemblylinepodcast.Special thanks to Scott Holmes for our intro music. You can check out more from him at https://scottholmesmusic.com/. Thanks for listening to Off the Assembly Line. Share it with someone who needs to hear it and then go make a ruckus!Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=7A6ET6FCSJ86N&source=url)

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