S4-06: Educator voices: Personal journeys through the Science of Reading

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In this episode, Susan Lambert joins elementary educator Lindsay Kemeny for a conversation about her journey of discovery with the Science of Reading. A current second grade teacher with ten years of experience in elementary education, Lindsay Kemeny has been published in the Reading League Journal and spoken alongside literacy experts like Emily Hanford. In this episode, Lindsay discusses how she processed her shock and guilt at realizing she’d never been taught how to properly teach reading. She also discusses the journey she took as a mother and an educator when her son was diagnosed with severe dyslexia alongside depression, and how that inspired her to dive into what is needed for good literacy instruction and what students with learning disabilities need. Listeners will also hear stories from additional educators from across the country about how the Science of Reading has transformed their classrooms.
Show Notes:

The Learning Spark blog

Sink or Swim: The Appearance of Reading by Lindsay Kemeny

Quotes:
“The ability to read is so tightly connected to our self-esteem.” —Lindsay Kemeny

“I love the phrase we have in the Science of Reading community: Know better, do better.” —Lindsay Kemeny
Content Warning:

CW // depression, suicide

This episode includes discussion of depression and suicidal thoughts, specifically as it impacts students with learning disabilities. This is a very sensitive but important topic that impacts educators, parents, and students alike. It is also a pivotal part of today’s guest’s story. We understand that not everyone is in a place to listen to today’s episode and we look forward to having you with us next week.

If you or a loved one is struggling with depression or suicidal thoughts please call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. For additional resources, please visit: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

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