Lunch & Lit

The weekly Lunch & Lit aims to bridge the research to practice divide by bringing scientists and practitioners together to discuss their work.

The Barksdale Reading Institute’s Lunch & Lit webinar series was launched in 2020 by BRI’s CEO, Kelly Butler. Topics have included: teacher knowledge (Louisa Moats), writing (Joan Sedita), The Reading Rope (Hollis Scarborough), reading comprehension (Nancy Hennessy), language development (Margaret McKeown), decoding (Linnea Ehri), Reading First (Reid Lyon), and many more.

The Right to Read Project is now host of the Lunch & Lit and, to make the content more accessible to educators, we’ll be posting the presentations, resources and articles recommended by the presenters here.

March 1, 2024

Becky Sullivan & Sarah Novicoff

Overview of the Early Literacy Block Grant: The Achievement Effects of Scaling Early Literacy Reforms

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Resources:

Novicoff, Sarah, and Thomas S. Dee. (2023). The Achievement Effects of Scaling Early Literacy Reforms. (EdWorkingPaper: 23-887). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University.

California Early Literacy Block Grant Padlet

February 16, 2024

Joe Dimino & Russell Gersten

Improving Vocabulary Instruction Through Teacher Study Groups

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Gersten, R., Dimino, J., Jayanthi, M. & Taylor, M. (forthcoming in Elementary School Journal). Conceptual Replications of the Teacher Study Group Approach to Professional Development in Vocabulary. Instructional Research Group. Instructional Research Group.

January 26, 2024

Panayiota (Pani) Kendeou

A Cognitive Approach to Comprehension That Transforms Instruction

Link to Session Recording

Recommended Reading:

Practice-focused

Hwang, H., Orcutt, E., Reno, E.A., Kim, J., Harsch, R.M., McMaster, K.L., Kendeou, P. and Slater, S. (2023), Making the Most of Read-Alouds to Support Primary-Grade Students’ Inference-Making. Reading Teacher, 77: 167-177.

Research-focused

Reese Butterfuss, Panayiota Kendeou, Kristen L. McMaster, Elly Orcutt & Okan Bulut (2022) Question Timing, Language Comprehension, and Executive Function in Inferencing, Scientific Studies of Reading, 26:1, 61-78. 

McMaster, K. L., Kendeou, P., Kim, J., & Butterfuss, R. (2023). Efficacy of a Technology-Based Early Language Comprehension Intervention: A Randomized Control Trial. Journal of Learning Disabilities.

January 19, 2024

Michelle Hosp, Scott McConnell & Kelly Patrick

New Developments in Spelling: Assessments and Implications for Reading

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Kelly P. Robbins, John L. Hosp, Michelle K. Hosp and Lindsay J. Flynn (2010). Assessing Specific Grapho-Phonemic Skills in Elementary Students. Educational Researcher, Volume 32, Issue 6 Assessment for Effective Intervention 2010 36: 21 originally published online 5 October 2010.

January 5, 2024

Leslie Laud

thinkSRSD Science of Writing

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Leslie Laud & Pooja Patel (2007). Initiating a Story Writing Strategy Into a Resource Curriculum, Teaching Exceptional Children, Volume 39, Issue 4.

Karen Harris, Steve Graham, Barbara Friedlander & Leslie Laud (2013). Bring Powerful Writing Strategies Into Your Classroom! Why and How, The Reading Teacher, Volume 66.

Dec 15, 2023

Adrea Truckenmiller

The Reality of Reading Screening in Schools

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Comparing the Cost–Accuracy Ratios of Multiple Approaches to Reading Screening in Elementary Schools (pre-print version) – Courtenay A. Barrett, Lindy J. Johnson, Adrea J. Truckenmiller, Amanda M. VanDerHayden, 2023. (Published version available on Sagepub here.) 

Dec 8, 2023

Marilyn Sprick

Moving Discouraged Adolescent Readers Forward

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Sprick, M. & Watanabe, A. Section 1.2: Comprehensive and Research-Based and Section 3.1: Principles of Effective Instruction.

Dec 1, 2023

Casey Sovo, Cathy Callow-Heusser & Lynann Barbero

To Benchmark and Beyond!: The Impact of Science of Reading (SoR) Best Practices on Native Students in Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Reading First and BIE READS! Schools

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Larry Ferlazzo (2019). Response: Meeting the Needs of Native American Students (Part 1), EdWeek.

Larry Ferlazzo (2019). Response: ‘Something Must Change’ to Address Challenges Facing Native American Youths (Part 2), EdWeek

Larry Ferlazzo (2019). Response: Focusing on the Assets of Native American Students (Part 3), EdWeek.

Richard Tsong-Taatarii (2023). On the Navajo Nation, a life without water, Searchlight New Mexico.

Nov 17, 2023

Michael Solis

From Development to Initial Efficacy: Supporting Reading Comprehension for Students with Autism

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Michael Solis, Colleen Reutebuch, Sharon Vaughn, Zaira Jimenez (2022). Reading enhancements for students with autism spectrum disorder: A matched randomized pilot experimental study, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Volume 93.

Nov 10, 2023

Linda Carnine & Linda Diamond

The Importance of Mastery Learning and Small Group Instruction in Learning to Read

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Diamond L. (2023). Small-Group Reading Instruction and Mastery Learning: The Missing Practices for Effective and Equitable Foundational Skills Instruction. Collaborative Classroom.

Excerpts from Focus: Heterogeneous Grouping and Curriculum Design (1993). Grossen,  Bonnie. (Ed.), Effective School Practices, 12(1), 5-8, 61-62.

Nov 3, 2023

Sarah Siegal

Dr. Carol Connor’s Research Legacy (or, How I Learned the Importance of Individualized Literacy Instruction)

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Connor C. M. (2019). Using Technology and Assessment to Personalize Instruction: Preventing Reading Problems. Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research, 20(1), 89–99. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-017-0842-9

Tribute to Carol by University of California, Irvine: https://education.uci.edu/connor_may20.html

Connor, C. M., Morrison, F. J., Fishman, B., Crowe, E. C., Al Otaiba, S., & Schatschneider, C. (2013). A longitudinal cluster-randomized controlled study on the accumulating effects of individualized literacy instruction on students’ reading from first through third grade. Psychological science, 24(8), 1408–1419.

Connor, C. M., Morrison, F. J., Fishman, B. J., Ponitz, C. C., Glasney, S., Underwood, P. S., Piasta, S. B., Crowe, E. C., & Schatschneider, C. (2009). The ISI Classroom Observation System: Examining the Literacy Instruction Provided to Individual Students. Educational Researcher, 38(2), 85-99.

Oct 27, 2023

Holly Lane

Development and Implementation of a Foundational Reading Skills Program

Link to Session Recording

Recommended Reading:

UFLI Foundations Resources

Oct 20, 2023

Katie Pace Miles

CUNY Reading Corps: Using a Structured Tutoring Program for Fieldwork

Link to Session Recording

Recommended Reading:

Katharine Pace Miles & Andrew Fletcher (2023) Improving Vulnerable Populations’ Emergent Reading Outcomes by Training Preservice Teachers in an Evidence- Based Program, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 37:3, 442-462,

Oct 13, 2023

Douglas Carnine

The US Education Crisis: Elected Officials Hold the Key

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Carnine, D.W. (2000). Why Education Experts Resist Effective Practices (And What It Would Take To Make Education More Like Medicine)

Additional recommended readings and key points of the California Reading Initiative

The Long View of Literacy in Mississippi: Major Components That Contributed to Reading Achievement, October 2023.

Oct 6, 2023

Jan Hasbrouck (joined by Gerald Tindal)

ORF Norms: A Personal Narrative

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Hasbrouck, J. & Tindal, G. (2017). An update to compiled ORF norms (Technical Report No. 1702). Eugene, OR, Behavioral Research and Teaching, University of Oregon. 

Compiled ORF Norms [from Hasbrouck, J. & Tindal, G. (2017)]Hasbrouck, J., Woldbeck, T. , Ihnot, C. & Parker, R.I. (1999). One Teacher’s Use of Curriculum-Based Measurement: A Changed Opinion, Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 14:2, 118-126.

Hasbrouck, J., Woldbeck, T. , Ihnot, C. & Parker, R.I. (1999). One Teacher’s Use of Curriculum-Based Measurement: A Changed Opinion, Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 14:2, 118-126.

Sept 29, 2023

Shelley Gray

Working Memory and Learning in Children with Typical Development, Developmental Language Disorder, and Dyslexia

Link to Session Recording

Recommended Reading:

Gray S, Fox AB, Green S, Alt M, Hogan TP, Petscher Y, Cowan N. (2019). Working Memory Profiles of Children With Dyslexia, Developmental Language Disorder, or Both. Journal of Speech Language & Hearing Research.

Sept 22, 2023

Heather Peske

Getting Reading Instruction Right: Is the next generation of teachers learning to teach reading?

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

National Center on Teacher Quality.(2023) Reading Foundations National Findings Page.

Sept 15, 2023

Patricia Alexander & Courtney Hattan

Leveraging What Students Know to Make Sense of Texts:
Exploring the Power of Prior Knowledge and Knowledge Activation

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Alexander, Schallert & Hare.(1991) Coming to Terms: How Researchers in Learning and Literacy Talk about Knowledge, Review of Educational Research.

Hattan, Alexander & Lupo (2022). Leveraging what students know to make sense of texts, Review of Educational Research.

Hattan & Lupo (2020). Rethinking Knowledge, Reading Research Quarterly.

Sept 8, 2023

Maryanne Wolf, Tim Odegard & Carolyn Brown

Exploring the Intersection Between Technology and Literacy

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Wolf, Maryanner (2015). Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound, The Guardian.

Shanahan, Tim (2023). Is digital text a good idea for reading instruction? Shanahan on Literacy Blog.

Other Resources:

Maryanne Wolf on the Ezra Klein Show: This is your brain on ‘deep reading.’ It’s pretty magnificent.

Aug 25, 2023

Marcia Davidson

The Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) in Low- and Middle-income Countries and Instructional Implications

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Dubeck, Margaret M. & Gove, Amber, 2015. The early grade reading assessment (EGRA): Its theoretical foundation, purpose, and limitations,” International Journal of Educational Development, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 315-322.

Kim, Young-Suk & Lee, Hansol & Zuilkowski, Stephanie. (2020). Impact of Literacy Interventions on Reading Skills in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Meta-Analysis. Child Development. 91. 638-660. 10.1111/cdev.13204. 

Other Resources:

EGRA Barometer website

Reading in Peru on Vimeo

Aug 18, 2023

Margaret Goldberg

Bridging the Research to Practice Divide

Link to Session Recording

Presentation:

Recommended Reading:

Stanovich, P. J., & Stanovich, K. E. (2003). Using research and reason in education: How teachers can use scientifically based research to make curricular & instructional decisions. Partnership for Reading (Project), National Institute for Literacy, U.S. Dept. of Education : National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

Goldberg, M. (2019, July 19). Teachers Won’t Embrace the Research Until It Embraces Them. The Right to Read Project.

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