Evidence-Based Social Media & Learning Groups

You may be wondering how you can engage with the SoR community and learn about the latest findings. The better we are informed, the better we can assist more children.

Here are some sites to help you stay informed of the latest research, and where you can ask questions about issues large and small. You'll find there is a growing community of teachers, principals, researchers, reading professionals and parents ready to share their knowledge and experience.

Here is a selection of the best social media sites that follow the SoR, that report the latest findings and even assist you to make practice choices:

EMAIL GROUPS

THE DDOLL NETWORK

(Developmental Disorders of Language and Literacy)

Started by Cognitive Scientist, Dr. Max Coltheart at Macquarie University, this is an email forum for educators, parents, researchers, speech pathologists and professionals from all over the world involved in teaching children to read. The questions raised here can be quite detailed but there is also a genuine camaraderie that is infectious. If you are looking for evidence for something you are doing or wish to do, the DDOLL brains trust is a valuable resource.

THINK FORWARD EDUCATORS

Think Forward Educators is a community of teachers, school leaders, specialists, parents, and researchers. We advocate for education that allows every child to succeed: Promoting social equity, using the science of learning. In 2021, TFE is launching its new Mentor Program as well as its Forum of Principals about leading change towards the science of learning in schools. There are also local branches of Think Forward meeting in every state and territory. Join this Community of Educators to attend free events and workshops, and access member-curated research, resources, assessments, and practice guides.

All are welcome! Membership is free.

FACEBOOK GROUPS

DYSLEXIA SUPPORT VICTORIA

Dyslexia Victoria Support (DVS) is a community group that supports the Science of Reading (SOR) and evidence based education.
It is a place to seek advice and support for Specific Learning Difficulties, (dyslexia). DVS promotes programs such as, direct instruction (DI), systematic synthetic phonics (SSP), decodable readers and explicit teaching.
All programs supported by DVS have been independently, scientifically peer reviewed and published in reputable scientific journals.
DVS is run by a team of volunteer parents supported by; Teachers, Allied Health Professionals such as Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists, Academics, Parents, Grandparents, Specialist Tutors, Schools and people who have literacy difficulties or dyslexia.

PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO TALK ABOUT TEACHING

The Facebook group ‘People Who Like to Talk About Teaching’ was founded to provide a forum for anyone interested in learning more about teaching. Its members include educators from all levels and sectors, school psychologists, parents and speech and language pathologists. The group provides interested people an opportunity to ask questions, discuss issues, share resources and new professional development opportunities plus discuss new research findings. The group is open to anyone with a genuine interest in the education of children and young people.

READING SCIENCE IN SCHOOLS (Aus)

Reading Science in Schools FB group - created by West Australian educators Natalie Campbell, Stephanie Le Lievre and Jasmyn Hall . The Reading Science in Schools Facebook page was established in August 2019 as a communication platform for professionals working in schools across Australia who advocate literacy instruction that is aligned to the science of reading. In a very short period of time the page has grown to have over 22,000 members, some of whom are prominent leading academics in the field of reading science across the world. The success of the page is driven by the sharing of knowledge and ideas about reading science, a genuine, supportive environment to ask questions, access to free resources that are aligned with evidence based practice and a forum for members to keep up to date with reading science research.

READING TEACHERS AUSTRALIA

Founded by Tina Daniel-Zitzlaff, a teacher and PhD candidate who has studied and taught in a range of advantaged and disadvantaged, rural and ELL contexts in both California and Australia. Studying the translation of evidence into teacher practice led Tina to begin a FB group for teachers learning about the SoR. Her latest research focuses on trauma-informed teaching and teachers as humanitarian leaders. Members are encouraged to learn, comment and share.

THE READING LEAGUE TEACHER GROUP (USA)

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