“How Teaching Kids to Read Went So Wrong,” A Conversation with Emily Hanford, American Public Media

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Thursday, May 4, 2023 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm
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For the past five years, journalist Emily Hanford has been reporting on how children learn to read. She’s revealed a profound disconnect between what kids need to learn and what they are taught in many schools. Her reporting has been a wake-up call for parents, educators and policymakers across the country. Come for a conversation about the history and politics of reading instruction, why things went so wrong, and how to get it right.

Emily Hanford is a senior correspondent and producer for American Public Media. Her work has appeared on NPR and in The New York Times, Washington Monthly, The Los Angeles Times and other publications. She has won numerous honors including a duPont-Columbia University Award and the Excellence in Media Reporting on Education Research Award from the American Educational Research Association. Emily is a member of the Education Writers Association’s Journalist Advisory Board and was a longtime mentor for EWA’s “new to the beat” program. For the past several years, Emily has been reporting on early reading instruction. Her 2018 podcast episode “Hard Words: Why aren’t kids being taught to read?” won the inaugural public service award from EWA. You can find all of her reporting on reading at apmreports.org/reading, including her new podcast, Sold a Story: How teaching kids to read went so wrong (soldastory.org). Emily is based in the Washington, D.C. area.


This event is being co-sponsored by the Democratic Innovations program at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and by the Yale Education Studies program.