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June 15, 2023 39 mins

"Learning to read to then reading to learn," is a saying heard often. But literacy instruction is a bit more nuanced than that.

In this episode, Utah elementary literacy coordinator and fellow education podcaster from the Teaching Literacy Podcast  Dr. Jake Downs joins us and explores the intricacies of teaching reading. He shares his literacy expertise and talks about best practices for literacy instruction, the science of reading, and data-based decision-making to help struggling readers.

Teachers in America profiles K–12 teachers across the country. Hear firsthand from the people who are shaping young lives in the classroom every day. If you or someone you know would be a good candidate for Teachers in America, please email us at

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