At the heart of my teaching philosophy lies a deep-rooted belief in the transformative power of literacy. I view reading not just as a skill, but as a gateway to understanding, empathy, and lifelong learning. From my early days as a middle school teacher in Oakland to my tenure as a university professor, I’ve consistently championed the importance of brain-based reading instruction. This approach is grounded in the latest research, often referred to as ‘the science of reading’.
One of the cornerstones of my literacy instruction is the practice of read-alouds – for learners of all ages, and across all content areas. I’m amazed by the plethora of research showing how read alouds positively impact students’ comprehension skills, content-area knowledge, and overall academic achievement. Beyond the academic benefits, there is exciting new data showing the physiological and psychological benefits of read alouds. Through my work, I aim to equip educators with the tools and strategies they need to make read-alouds a central part of their daily instruction.