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Natalie Wexler

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Building the Knowledge to Improve Reading: Interview with Natalie Wexler

Alabama Literacy Network's Podcast

If you have wondered why our students struggle with reading, even when they can decode the words on the page, it is likely due to a knowledge gap. This gap has been inadvertently created by a lack of learning in the areas of science, social studies, the arts, and other subject areas. Listen to our podcast with author Natalie Wexler and learn how we can solve not only the reading crisis but also the writing crisis. 


19 Aug 2021

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Support for ECTs #1: a knowledge-rich curriculum, with Natalie Wexler

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Support for ECTs - episode 1What is a knowledge-rich curriculum? Why is it so important?  In this episode Natalie Wexler shares a wealth of insight into her book 'The Knowledge Gap: the hidden cause of America's broken education system - and how to fix it.'  In doing so we learn about the distinct parallels between the US and UK education systems when it comes to overcoming the 'achievement gap' that exists between disadvantaged pupils and their more affluent peers.  We also discuss 'The Reading Wars', Knowledge vs. Skills and the important features of a knowledge building curriculum.Covering Dewey, Piaget, teacher training and more, we look at the impact of this approach for schools in the USA and UK and find out how pupils and teachers are re-discovering a love of education and the profession. (Credits: Natalie Wexler - www.nataliewexler.com, Scott Buckley - www.scottbuckley.com.au)


27 Jul 2021

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Natalie Wexler

Leading Literacy

Natalie Wexler shares her insights and thoughts with Leslie and Mara about her two books: The Knowledge Gap and The Writing Revolution. Join the conversation as Natalie discusses the importance of immersing all students of varied socioeconomic backgrounds, with content knowledge about the world and then linking that knowledge to explicit writing instruction. Click on the following links to read Natalie Wexler's articles: The Need for Explicit Instruction in Teaching Students to Write Well Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong


14 May 2021

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Ep. 44, Natalie Wexler: Education writer and Author of The Knowledge Gap

Catalysts for Change

In this episode of Catalysts for Change, Jill talks to Natalie Wexler, education writer and author of The Knowledge Gap, her most recent novel on the achievement gap and how to fix America’s education system. A senior contributor to Forbes.com, we talk to Natalie about The Knowledge Gap, the exacerbating effect of Covid-19, the state of America’s education system, and how to fix it. Having been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and other publications, Natalie focuses her work on education and inequities in the American education system. Recently, Natalie has written about the use of admissions tests for selective high schools, education and public policy, and more. In 2019, Natalie authored The Knowledge Gap, centered around the problem of the achievement gap and her idea of how we should be teaching all children not through the emphasis of reading comprehension “skills” but rather through the presentation of knowledge. Through The Knowledge Gap, Natalie presents the stories of educators, students, and parents to highlight current practices in education and how it can be changed so that all students receive a meaningful, rigorous education. We talk to Natalie about what is being taught in school and what should be taught in school, addressing opportunity and achievement gaps, and more, in understanding how to transform our education system. If you’d like to read more of Natalie’s work, check out the links below.  Resources:  Natalie Wexler’s website The Knowledge Gap Here is a recent article about admissions testing for selective schools Here is an interview of Natalie Wexler on Morning Joe discussing The Knowledge Gap


16 Feb 2021

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Natalie Wexler

Filling The Pail

Natalie Wexler is an author and journalist who became interested in educational issues when she began to work with students in disadvantaged schools in Washington. Natalie is co-author of The Writing Revolution, with Judith Hochman and author of The Knowledge Gap. In this episode, Natalie talks to Greg Ashman about her journey into education, the Impact of The Writing Revolution and how its methods align with cognitive science. Natalie and Greg then discuss The Knowledge Gap, the reason why we need more of a knowledge focus in schools and some of the objections and barriers to this idea before discussing some possible solutions.

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13 Jan 2021

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podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews education journalist Natalie Wexler

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On this episode, Tuthill talks with writer, lawyer and legal historian Wexler, author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System – and How to Fix It. Wexler argues in her book, published in 2019, that the modern “standard” approach to teaching only further increases inequities for students who do not begin their lives with education advantages at home. https://www.redefinedonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Natalie-Wexler_EDIT-1.mp3 The two discuss how schools should operate differently and focus on coherent curriculum that extends through grade levels. Wexler believes all individuals use their “background” knowledge subconsciously to make sense of the world around them, and that many students, through no fault of their own, enter school without that knowledge and continue to fall behind. “Teachers have told me over and over again that it is the ‘low achievers’ who flourish the most under the content-focused, knowledge-building approach. They are the ones who make the most insightful contributions to class discussion … What’s really striking is the equity (the approach creates).” EPISODE DETAILS: ·       What Wexler’s book has to say about what’s “broken” in the education system ·       The theory that skill development driving test scores has the opposite effect ·       How Wexler views modern writing instruction and how she thinks it should change ·       Wexler’s concern about going too far toward individualized or customized learning The post podcastED: SUFS president Doug Tuthill interviews education journalist Natalie Wexler appeared first on redefinED.

2 Dec 2020

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Have we been teaching reading comprehension wrong all these years? Misreading the Standards--An Interview with Natalie Wexler

Little Things First

Journalist Natalie Wexler has uncovered what may be wrong with our comprehension reading instruction.  She contends that a focus on comprehension skills has led us down the wrong path.  There is something far more profound that can be used to address comprehension difficulties in schools, that some reading programs have already started to address.  Find out what that is on this week's episode.   littlethings1st.com nataliewexler.com https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/resources/social-studies-instruction-and-reading-comprehension --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/tracyandjim/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/tracyandjim/support


20 Oct 2020

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


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.Join us for this special conversation with Natalie Wexler, education expert and author of the recently-released book The Knowledge Gap. We will explore the question of learning equity and ways we can "right the wrongs” that continue to impact equality in learning.


24 Aug 2020

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Education's "Secret Sauce": Natalie Wexler

Just A Few Questions

Marc Sims talks with Natalie Wexler about providing students a background knowledge curriculum. https://nataliewexler.com/ https://www.forbes.com/sites/nataliewexler/2019/12/28/the-end-of-education-reform-or-a-new-beginning/#27f5d5472d7c


31 Jul 2020

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The Knowledge Gap By Natalie Wexler

Read Astray

In this all new episode of Read Astray, host Laura Young will give her review of "The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause Of America's Broken Education System--And How To Fix It" by Natalie Wexler.


16 May 2020