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July 6, 2023 47 mins

Whole language is one of the most talked about developments in literacy instruction in the past several decades. In this episode of A Novel Idea, we take a look at the history and founders of this popular teaching philosophy and examine its effects on contemporary instruction. Featuring insight from:

  • Dr. G. Reid Lyon, former director, NICHD
  • Natalie Wexler (Twitter: @natwexler), author, The Knowledge Gap
  • Kate Will, program coordinator, Iowa Reading Research Center
  • Melissa Loftus and Lori Sappington  (Twitter: @literacypodcast), co-hosts, Melissa and Lori Love Literacy
  • Dr. Maryanne Wolf, author, Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain and Dyslexia, Fluency, and the Brain
  • … & more. 

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