Education Gadfly Show #847: States, snake-oil, and the science of reading, with Kymyona Burk

On this week’s Education Gadfly Show podcast, Kymyona Burk, Senior Policy Fellow at ExcelinEd, joins Mike Petrilli and David Griffith to discuss what states are doing to promote the science of reading and crack down on the snake oil salespeople still peddling bogus reading programs. Then on the Research Minute, Amber Northern examines how playing video games affects children’s cognitive performance.

Recommended content:

  • Sold a Story: How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong —American Public Media
  • Emily Hanford’s keynote address and panel discussion from the National Summit on Education ExcelinEd
  • Comprehensive How-To Guide: Approaches to Implementing Early Literacy Policies Kymyona Burk
  • “The Noose Tightens Around Failed Reading Programs in Schools” Robert Pondiscio 

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