Dr. Louisa Moats is a renowned teacher, psychologist, researcher, and author. In this episode, she talks
about her beginnings in the field, why there are still barriers to translating evidence to teaching practice,
the essential next steps we need to take to ensure all teachers can teach all kids to read, and her
greatest hopes for the teachers and children of this country.
Dr. Moats was a contributing writer to the Common Core State Standards. In addition to the LETRS professional development series, Dr. Moats’ books include Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers; Spelling: Development, Disability, and Instruction; Straight Talk About Reading (with Susan Hall), and Basic Facts about Dyslexia.
Dr. Louisa Moats is truly one of the trailblazers in the field of education science, but did you know her humble beginnings included a degree in music? Louisa came into the profession in a fascinating way, at a time when the term “dyslexia” was considered quackery. Although she earned a graduate degree as one of the first “learning disabilities” teachers in the United States, she states that she really didn’t know how to teach. This early realization has led her to focus her work on better preparing teachers to meet the demands of the classroom and to advocate for research-based instruction for all children.
- Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers, Third Edition
- Spelling: Development, Disabilities, and Instruction
- Straight Talk About Reading
- Basic Facts About Dyslexia and Other Reading Problems
- Teaching Reading IS Rocket Science, 2020
- Whole-Language High Jinks: How to Tell When “Scientifically-Based Reading Instruction” Isn’t
- A Video Interview with Louisa Moats on Reading Rockets
- A Conversation About The Science of Reading and Early Reading Instruction between Collaborative Classroom and Louisa Moats
- The Reading League 2018 National Conference Keynote
What is Teaching, Reading, and Learning: The Reading League Podcast?
Teaching, Reading & Learning: The Podcast elevates important contributions to the educational community, with the goal of inspiring teachers, informing practice, and celebrating people in the community who have influenced teaching and literacy to the betterment of children. The podcast features guests whose life stories are compelling and rich in ways that are instructive to us all. The podcast focuses on literacy as we know it (reading and writing) but will also connect to other “literacies” that impact children’s learning; for example, emotional, physical, and social literacies as they apply to teachers and children.