Learning to Read: What Really Matters With Dr. P. David Pearson


We all have beliefs that we consider critical for student literacy success—our non-negotiables, our hills worth fighting for. Learning to Read: What Really Matters, our newest podcast series, invites trusted literacy experts and myView authors to openly share their deeply held beliefs and experiences.

In our first installation, we spoke with Dr. Frank Serafini about his thoughts on multimodal literacy, teacher growth/appreciation, and the future of teaching.

Today, I had a chance to continue the conversation with a new guest who needs no introduction — Dr. P. David Pearson…. Dr. Pearson shares great insight into the “virtuous” cycle of knowledge begetting comprehension begetting learning as a way to break the vicious cycle of low achievement and low motivation. Dr. Pearson also speaks about life in the “radical middle” of literacy as well as the findings from the recent evaluation of the Reading for Understanding Initiative.

Stay tuned for our next installment of Learning to Read: What Really Matters, where I have the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Judy Wallis.

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Jamie Downey

K-5 Literacy Director