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The Science of Reading

Season 4 | Episode 6
Airdate: February 2024

You’ve probably heard the slogan that reading is fundamental. To put a finer point on it, literacy is a cornerstone of success — both in the classroom and beyond. It’s that realization that undergirds a national movement to change the way we teach readers. The “science of reading” approach leans on systematic instruction, engaging the senses, phonics, comprehension, and more to address specific challenges readers face. Though not without its critics, the approach has caught fire and blazed a path around the United States. At least 32 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws or implemented new policies that incorporate evidence-based reading instruction. Supporters say the approach promises to unlock potential in every student — including those with learning and attention issues. On this episode, we visit a New York day school that serves students with language-based learning disabilities which through science and innovation is helping students who learn differently not just read but thrive. Next, our panel of national experts delves into the science of reading and its profound implications for neurodivergent students. Later, you’ll meet our latest Difference Maker, Alix Generous, for whom the misdiagnosis of her learning differences is a plumb line for a multifaceted career.