Expert Interviews

Learn from nationally known researchers and experts in literacy and early education. Topics include phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, spelling, comprehension, writing, summer learning, early childhood education, dyslexia, and more.

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Mary Amato

Mary Amato

Writing Consultant
Topics: Writing
A video interview with Diane August

Diane August, Ph.D.

American Institute for Research
Topics: ELLs

Nanci Bell, M.Ed.

Lindamood Bell Learning Process
Topics: Comprehension | Learning disabilities | Dyslexia | Tutoring | Fluency
Portrait of psychologist Christina Cipriano

Christina Cipriano

Yale Child Study Center
Topics: Social and emotional learning
Author and autism advocate Jennifer Cook

Jennifer Cook

Author and Autism Advocate
Topics: Autism | Social and emotional learning
portrait of Joyce Cooper-Kahn

Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D.

Thinking Tree Psychology
Topics: Learning disabilities | Autism
Portrait of Sylvia Diehl

Sylvia Diehl, Ph.D.

President, Knowledge Counts; Professor, University of South Florida
Topics: Autism | Comprehension
A video interview with Ron Fairchild

Ron Fairchild

Smarter Learning Group
Topics: Afterschool | Summer reading
A video interview with Christopher Gabrieli

Christopher Gabrieli

Transforming Education
Topics: Afterschool | Policy | School-wide efforts

Eric Garcia

Journalist and Author
Topics: Autism
Lisa Guernsey

Lisa Guernsey

Early Education Initiative at New America
Topics: Early literacy | Educational media | Parent engagement | Vocabulary
A video interview with Doug Hesse

Doug Hesse, Ph.D.

University of Denver
Topics: Content area | School-wide efforts | Writing
A video interview with Carol Jago

Carol Jago

California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA
Topics: Common Core | Comprehension | Writing
Reid Lyon

G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D.

Neuropsychologist, Reading Development
Topics: About reading | Struggling readers
A video interview with Leonard Marcus

Leonard Marcus

Children's Literature Historian
Topics: Children's books | Libraries
Portrait of neurodiversity advocate Jonathan Mooney

Jonathan Mooney

Writer and Neurodiversity Advocate
Topics: Dyslexia | Learning disabilities
Portrait of Brenda Smith Myles

Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D.

Independent consultant
Topics: Autism
Portrait of Robert Naseef

Robert Naseef, Ph.D.

Alternative Choices
Topics: Autism
A video interview with Rebecca Palacios

Rebecca Palacios, Ph.D.

Preschool Educator and Consultant
Topics: Early literacy | ELLs | Parent engagement | Preschool
Headshot of Assistive Technology expert Beth Poss

Beth Poss

Center on Technology and Disability
Topics: Assistive Technology
A video interview with Sharon Ramey

Sharon Ramey, Ph.D.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Topics: Early literacy | Oral language | Parent engagement | Preschool | Vocabulary

Christine Reeve, Ph.D.

Reeve Autism Consulting
Topics: Autism | Assessment and evaluation

Maria Salvadore, MLS, M.A.

Children's Literature Consultant
Topics: Children's books | Libraries | Reading aloud
Portrait of Mark Seidenberg

Mark Seidenberg

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Topics: About reading | Dyslexia | Oral language | Curriculum and instruction

Sylvia Vardell, Ph.D.

Children’s Literature and Poetry
Topics: Children's books | Poetry | Content area | ELLs | Motivation

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