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Education Funding Series Part 1: The CARES Act

Guest: Jon Hummell
During uncertain times—and as schools recover from a year like no other—education funding is more important than ever. The CARES Act, which passed in April 2020, includes $13.2 billion for an Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) fund and $3 billion for a Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund in order to help school districts overcome the unique challenges associated with the pandemic. Join us for the first podcast in our funding series and learn everything a school or district administrator needs to know about the CARES Act.

Topics include:

  • How to get much-needed CARES Act funding to your school/school district
  • What funding options are available through the CARES Act
  • The best way to determine school/district needs
  • How states and school districts are spending their CARES Act funds

We hope you will join us.

 

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Education Funding Series Part 2: Understanding ESSA and Other Funding Options

Guest: Victoria Akosile

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a hot topic. ESSA is intended to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education that prepares them for long-term success, and includes a repeal of the Adequate Yearly Progress report in favor of state accountability. With every state having their own plan for ESSA, it is hard to know how to get started. We’re here to help! In this podcast, you will learn how to find out the accountability requirements of your state, how to obtain funding for your school or district, and much more.

Additional topics include:

  • How ESSER funding relates to COVID-Relief bills (CARES ACT, CARES Supplemental ACT, and the American Rescue Plan)
  • The part Title 1 plays in ESSA
  • Ways schools can use funds to address issues brought on by the pandemic
  • Additional funding options
  • Where to go if you have questions

We hope you will join us!


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Why ESSA-Rated Solutions are Needed to Address Equity Gaps

Guest: Pam Austin
Despite the efforts of the American education system to provide an equal education for all students, achievement gaps between disadvantaged and more advantaged students remain and often lead to negative outcomes.

The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) represents an opportunity for districts to choose intervention solutions that bridge the gap and help all students receive an education that prepares them for future success. In this informative podcast, host Pam Austin will discuss why ESSA-rated solutions are so important in addressing equity gaps and offer strategies for educators to immediately use in the classroom.

During the podcast, we will discuss:

  • What us ESSA?
  • Why are ESSA-rated solutions so important?
  • How can you use ESSA solutions to address equity in the classroom?
  • What additional strategies can help close the achievement gap?
  • And much more!

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Look Ahead to Summer and Fall Success Using Spring Assessment Data

Guest: Dr. Kelly A. Powell-Smith
With vaccination efforts in full swing, September is likely to see a strong return to in-classroom instruction. How can educators prepare for summer school or a new school year after students have seen extended periods outside the classroom? In this important podcast, assessment expert Dr. Kelly Powell Smith—vice president and associate director of research and development at Acadience—shares the key indicators that educators should look for when reviewing spring literacy assessment scores, along with how to pinpoint where students are struggling so you can plan for summer or fall intervention and instruction.

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The Science of Reading: Why Didn’t We Learn What We Needed to Know in College?

Guest: Donna Hejtmanek
Research shows a gap between what teachers know about reading and whether or not they are prepared to teach it. Why are teachers graduating from college without the skills they need to teach reading? Join former educator Donna Hejtmanek as she discusses this topic and shares the story behind creating her incredibly popular Facebook group “Science of Reading—What I Should Have Learned in College.”

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How to Use Sound Walls to Transform Reading Instruction

Guests: Dr. Mary Dahlgren, Dr. Antonio Fierro
We now know sound walls should replace word walls in the classroom, but what are the best ways to integrate them into your daily lesson to educate and engage your students, including English language learners? In this informative podcast with literacy experts Dr. Mary Dahlgren and Dr. Antonio Fierro, our educators share tips about how to use your sound wall to transform reading instruction.

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The Importance of Explicit Reading Instruction

Guest: Dr. Anita Archer, explicit instruction expert and author
Explicit reading instruction is an approach to teaching reading that is based on research about the brain and how we learn, combined with structured and sequenced literacy instruction. Join explicit instruction expert Dr. Anita Archer for this informative podcast as she discusses the importance of explicit instruction and how it promotes achievement for students of all reading levels.

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New Year, New Name, Same Assessment: What Happened to DIBELS Next?

Guests: Guests: Alisa Dorman, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Acadience® Learning and Kristen Biadasz, Senior Product Marketing Manager of Assessment at Voyager Sopris Learning®
Valid, reliable, and research-based assessment is crucial to helping educators predict early reading success and to identify students experiencing difficulty acquiring foundational literacy skills. Add in a novel virus and an abrupt switch to remote learning in the spring—followed by an uncertain fall where return to school was either in-person, remote, or a hybrid environment—and you have a school year like no other. Now, educators are left seeking meaningful assessment data they can trust to assist their students, regardless of the learning environment.

As 2020 began, the assessment you knew as DIBELS Next® acquired a new name, Acadience® Reading K–6. Do you know why the name changed and that Acadience Reading (and its product family) are the only assessments developed by authors Dr. Roland Good III and Dr. Ruth Kaminski, based on 30 years of research? Join us as we discuss how Acadience Learning assessments can be used to support data-driven instructional decisions and improve

If you used DIBELS Next in the past, and/or are thinking about how to use assessment to drive student instruction in your school or district, this is a can’t-miss podcast.

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Equitable Practices in Assessment, Grading, and Reporting in the Time of COVID

Guest: Dr. Thomas Guskey, Professor Emeritus in the College of Education, University of Kentucky
The past year has uncovered more equity issues in education than in years before. The struggle to provide equitable access to technology, learning tools, emotional support, and even meals is now at the forefront of educators’ minds as they struggle to keep learning going forward for their students. Join us for a timely discussion about equity in education, specifically around assessment, with assessment expert Dr. Thomas Guskey.

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The Impact of COVID Learning Loss on Reading Fluency

Guest: Dr. Tim Rasinski, Professor of Literacy Education, Kent State University
This school year, the importance of closing reading gaps and maintaining strong skills is more important than ever due to COVID learning loss and a shift to remote learning. Join us for a timely and insightful podcast with respected literacy expert and author Dr. Tim Rasinski, as he discusses the long-term impact of COVID learning loss on reading fluency and skills. Dr. Rasinski will share strategies educators can use to help students maintain strong reading skills, whether they are learning remotely or in the classroom.

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Our Journey from Dyslexia to Literacy

Guest: Lois Letchford, author of 'Reversed'
Lois Letchford was told by a teacher that her son, Nicholas, was “the worst child (she’s) ever seen in (her) 25 years of teaching.” Instead of giving up and giving in, Letchford became a passionate advocate for literacy and children who have been left behind by the educational system. Join us for an inspiring conversation as she shares how she helped her son beat the odds and overcome dyslexia, and how she discovered her own dyslexia.

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Preparing Educators for Remote Learning Success During an Uncertain Fall: A Conversation with Rick Ferdig

Guest: Dr. Rick Ferdig, Summit Professor of Learning Technologies and Professor of Educational Technology at Kent State University
Unlike Spring of 2020, this fall we have the opportunity to prepare for distance learning as students return to the classroom. But many questions still remain—will students return to the classroom or remote learning, or both? Will educators be ready? What can school leaders do to help educators prepare for blended or remote learning? Join our timely discussion with remote learning expert Dr. Rick Ferdig, an educator with over 20 years’ experience in blended-learning instruction, as he discusses how to help educators plan for a school year unlike any others we have experienced.

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Righting the Wrongs of the Elementary Education System: A Conversation with Education Journalist Natalie Wexler

Guest: Natalie Wexler, literacy expert and author of The Knowledge Gap
The American elementary education system continues to value so-called reading comprehension skills over knowledge, when in fact those skills are largely dependent on knowledge. Low-income students continue to struggle while children of educated parents with higher-income levels acquire more academic knowledge and vocabulary outside school, giving them an additional advantage over their more disadvantaged peers. In the past twenty years, a regime of high-stakes reading and math tests, intended to address educational inequity, has only exacerbated the problem. But there is much that schools can do to provide all students with access to the kind of knowledge that can boost outcomes on tests and in life.

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Retire Your Word Wall: How Sound Walls Support the Science of Reading

Guest: Mary Ellis Dahlgren, Ed.D., literacy expert and president of Tools 4 Reading
According to the science of reading, students need to master phonemic awareness skills before they match the sounds to print, and phonics instruction is needed before students begin decoding text. We know this information, yet A-Z alphabetical word walls are still used in many classrooms, requiring students to match print to speech instead of sound. In this podcast, literacy and sound wall expert Dr. Mary Dahlgren will share why it is so important to implement a sound wall in the classroom and how it benefits reading development.

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Running the Distance and Beating the Odds: Dyslexia Is a Superpower

Guest: Jared Blank, runner, dyslexia advocate/public speaker
At the age of 5, Jared Blank was diagnosed with Dyslexia and Sensory Processing Disorder. With the support of his family and community, he beat the odds. Once told he would never graduate from high school, Blank graduated from the University of Southern California and earned two Masters degrees. In 2018, he ran the World Marathon Challenge (seven marathons, on seven continents, in seven days) to raise awareness for the International Dyslexia Association®.

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The Ties Between Social Emotional Learning and Language and Literacy Development

Guest: Dr. Brandi Kenner, Founder and CEO of Choice-filled Lives Network
Did you know language development is one of the most critical cognitive functions that supports social and emotional learning? During this podcast, educator and Reading League presenter Dr. Brandi Kenner takes an in-depth look at the ties between language and literacy development and SEL, including the role an educator plays in keeping learning brains activated and empowering student voices.


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Educator Accountability: Preparing for the Tough Literacy Challenges Faced by English Language Learners

Guest: Antonio Fierro, reading consultant, award-winning educator, and LETRS instructor
Schools are failing to support English language learners by not providing educators with the knowledge they need to teach reading effectively. With literacy leading as the main indicator of academic success, it is time for educators to accept responsibility for preparing ELLs for the tough challenges they face along the path to literacy, and learn ways to help these students reach literacy success.

In this podcast, Dr. Antonio Fierro shares his journey from English learner to award-winning educator. He talks about the knowledge he gained from working with educators across the country in the science of reading, including the crucial knowledge educators need to work effectively with ELLs.

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Blended Learning: The Importance of Technology in the Literacy Classroom

Guest: Carl Hooker, author, blogger, and innovator
In recent years, many school districts have implemented a blended-learning model of literacy instruction that incorporates teacher-taught curriculum with student-driven technology. This shift creates a more flexible classroom for the educator, and also offers more opportunities to tailor instruction to individual student needs, especially students who are struggling. In this podcast, Hooker discusses the future of blended learning, why it is so important in the classroom, and how it can help create new learning opportunities for students who are struggling. If you currently use a blended-literacy program in your classroom, or are considering using one, this podcast is for you.

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Visible Learning for Literacy: Maximizing Teacher Impact and Accelerating Student Learning

Guest: John Hattie, author and learning/teaching expert
If you agree with John Hattie’s statement, “every student deserves a great teacher, not by chance, but by design,” then this podcast is for you. Become a “change agent” in your district, school, or classroom as you learn from a respected expert about how you can implement the practices that accelerate student literacy.

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Dyslexia Screening: What You Need to Know

Guest: Dr. Roland Good, President, Acadience Learning
Dyslexia screening is crucial to verifying the presence of dyslexia and providing the diagnostic documentation required for eligibility in specially designed programs throughout a student’s educational career. Dyslexia screening results also provide educators with the intervention strategies they need to help students reach their full academic potential. Join this podcast to learn more about how to use data to pinpoint the signs of dyslexia and create a roadmap to student success.

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Implementing SEL in Your School/District: Why Student Success Depends Upon It

Guest: Andrea Samadi, author and program developer at Achieveit360
School districts and government agencies across the country are seeing the importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the classroom. SEL is an essential factor in providing students with the knowledge, attitude, and skills they need to succeed in school, careers, and life. In this podcast, Samadi discusses tools, resources, and ideas to implement proven strategies backed by the most current neuroscience research to help you achieve the long-term gains of implementing a SEL program in your school or district.

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American Schools Are Failing Students with Dyslexia: What Can We Do about It?

Guest: Emily Hanford, senior correspondent and producer, APM Reports
Across the country, public schools are failing to identify students with dyslexia and, therefore, unable to provide the intervention and treatment they need. In this special podcast for Dyslexia Awareness Month, Emily Hanford, APM Reports senior correspondent, discusses how American schools continue to shy away from the word “dyslexia” and teach students with reading approaches not backed by scientific evidence. How can we help these students? What kinds of instruction are the most helpful?

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