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Meet the Experts (Reading Rockets)

Reading Rockets provides a wealth of information about reading with advice and resources from various educational experts. The Meet the Experts podcast series provides an opportunity to learn about educational topics directly from authorities in the field. Watch exclusive interviews with prominent professionals, like Drs. Maryanne Wolf and Louisa Moats. Topics include how to identify learning difficulties, develop reading skills early, and the importance of phonics. To view streaming clips and find more interviews and videos about educating children, visit the ReadingRockets.org "Podcasts and Videos" section. Check back frequently for new "Meet the Experts" podcasts!

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G. Reid Lyon: Reading Today

There are many factors that can contribute to reading success. Not only is proper reading instruction necessary at school, but what parents do at home has a great influence as well. G. Reid Lyon describes reading as a crucial skill today, and emphasizes the factors needed for success. Reading is not a natural process, but when both parents and teachers take responsibility, success can be achieved. Visit www.readingrockets.org for more information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Reading Rockets is a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

3mins

25 Jun 2010

Rank #1

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Dr. Phyllis Hunter

Teaching reading is a critical task for educators. Reading can be the gateway to new worlds for students and guide them on the path to success. Phyllis C. Hunter describes the skill as a new civil right. Hunter, a former classroom teacher and school administrator, shares her experiences and highlights the need for research-based reading programs in schools today. She also shares the importance for children to have solid reading skills by the third grade.Visit www.readingrockets.org for more information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Reading Rockets is a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

4mins

25 Jun 2010

Rank #2

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Ron Fairchild (Summer Learning)

Ron Fairchild, Executive Director of the National Summer Learning Association, discusses the components and benefits of quality summer programs. To view the full version of this and other author interviews, visit us at www.readingrockets.org, a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

4 Oct 2010

Rank #3

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Chris Gabrieli

Chris Gabrieli, co-chair of the National Center on Time & Learning, talks about how the new, longer school day supports achievement in core subjects like reading and math, while providing a richer, broader, curriculum for all students. Visit www.readingrockets.org for more information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Reading Rockets is a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

31mins

25 Jun 2010

Rank #4

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Dr. Louisa Moats: Spelling

Did you know that making up words for kids can help them gain phonemic awareness? Dr. Louisa Moats, an expert in the area of improving literacy and elementary education, discusses how nonsense words can help students learn word structure. She also talks about how a child's ability to spell and the speed at which they read can be good indicators of whether or not the child is having learning difficulties.Visit www.readingrockets.org for more information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Reading Rockets is a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.Visit www.readingrockets.org for more information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Reading Rockets is a national education service of public television station WETA. Funding is provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

2mins

25 Jun 2010

Rank #5