Foundations of Reading: The Evidence is In

In This Episode:

Photo of foundations of reading ME Guest, Ann CaseyEarly in her career as a school psychologist, Dr. Ann Casey became concerned about the large number of students being referred to her for a learning disability because they were not reading at grade level. While there are children who have an actual reading disability, Ann observed that many referrals were due to a lack of explicit instruction in the core building blocks of learning to read: phonemic awareness and phonics. At that time, the predominant view was that, if you just exposed kids to print, they would learn.

Since then, a wealth of research has provided clear evidence that direct instruction in core skills is key to reading success. The U.S. Department of Education has had multiple task forces that have promoted that evidence and pushed for curriculum change and teacher training. Yet many publishers, school districts, states and even university education departments have not fully embraced the shift to direct instruction of phonics and phonemic awareness. Tune in to Marti & Erin’s conversation with Dr. Casey to learn why that is – and to hear what you can do as a parent – to make sure your child and all children are developing the building blocks of reading that they need in order to succeed in school.


How do the schools and early care and education centers in your community introduce reading to their students? To what extent do they teach phonemic awareness and phonics directly? If they do NOT, what did you hear in this podcast about what you could do to advocate for change? And what concrete activities did the guest describe that you can do with your child at home to build or strengthen their building blocks of reading?


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*Book recommended by our guest: Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Engelmann, Phyllis Haddox, & Elaine Bruner.

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