Reading Road Trip: Inside the Reading Brain with Dr. Carolyn Strom

By IDA Ontario & Dr. Carolyn Strom Last updated 2024/05/27
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In this episode, Kate Winn is joined by Dr. Carolyn Strom for a conversation about the reading brain. What are the neural underpinnings of how students learn to read? How can research in this field help us in the classroom?

Curriculum Connection

B1. Oral and Non-Verbal Communication B2. Language Foundations for Reading and Writing
This resource broadly supports educator understanding of the neural underpinnings of reading development.
Grade(s): K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Topic(s): Understanding Reading Development


  1. I have been listening to podcasts on the Science of Reading since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 (because I had a LOT more time on my hands those days!) And this episode with Carolyn Strom is by far one of the best podcast episodes I have ever listened to. Dr. Strom is knowledgeable, speaks in a very teacher-friendly manner, and provides practical classroom strategies for every classroom teacher. This is an episode I could listen to over and over again, and still take away something new each time 🙂

  2. This research is exactly what educators require when creating lessons to meet the literacy needs of their students! More importantly, Strom’s diagram is an excellent resource to share with students and parents as well because they are just as curious and motivated to know the “whys” of the reading brain. More of these valuable podcasts please!

  3. Caroyln Strom has one of my favourite webinars for explaining how the reading brain works and how so much is firing during the process. She beautifully illustrates how what we see, hear and think work together within the brain to make reading happen. She really explains things in such a friendly way to be able to connect to.

  4. Another amazing Reading Road Trip episode. I love the way Carolyn Strom explains the reading brain, easy to understand and especially helpful for explaining to parents! Highly recommend listening and checking out the diagram in the show notes.

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