The Science of Reading Podcast

If you want to learn more about the Science of Reading, please listen to this podcast.

You will gain a wealth of information.

The term “science of reading” refers to the research that reading experts, especially cognitive scientists, have conducted on how we learn to read. This body of knowledge, over twenty years in the making, has helped debunk older methods of reading instruction that were based on tradition and observation, not evidence.

If you have been keeping up with education listservs, you’ve most likely seen the recent explosion of articles on the science of reading and the push for teachers to learn more about it. This new iteration of the long-running reading wars was ignited by journalist Emily Hanford, who began arguing in 2018 that reading is being taught the wrong way (see here, here, and here).

Now, states are taking notice and passing new laws to ensure that schools are using research-based reading instruction. Such legislation lands squarely on one side of the reading wars: the side backed by the science of reading. So, what should educators and parents know about the science of reading? Here is a basic summary, plus two important beyond-basic facts to inform educators’ choices of reading programs.

We must use fidelity in teaching and the Science of Reading research.


Heidi Nord