Reading Horizons Launches New Professional Development Podcast

Every episode of Podclassed will feature prominent instructional leaders sharing practical solutions to improve the future of education

(Salt Lake City, UT) May 16, 2018 — Reading Horizons, a leading provider of literacy solutions for the education market, today announced the launch of its new podcast with the apt name Podclassed. The podcast is hosted by Reading Horizons’ education specialist Laura Axtell, who explores current educational topics with distinguished educators and leaders whose practical solutions will improve the future of education. To access the first episode of Podclassed, click here.

Podclassed focuses on sharing the perspectives of educational stakeholders to identify solutions to relevant issues on professional development. Episode one is the first of two parts covering teacher preparation for reading with guest Rob Rickenbrode, the senior managing director for the National Council on Teaching Quality.

Podclassed was created to be an easy-to-digest resource for today’s time-starved educators,” said Axtell. “Each episode is solution-oriented and will feature guests with extensive experience and expertise in their field.”

Episodes include the following:

  • May 15: “Are educators being adequately prepared for the challenges of teaching reading? Part 1”
    Guest: Rob Rickenbrode, senior managing director for the National Council on Teaching Quality
  • May 29: “Are educators being adequately prepared for the challenges of teaching reading? Part 2”
    Guest: Emily Binks-Cantrell, Texas A&M University
  • June 12: “Beyond the Weekly Spelling Test—What Works and Why It Matters”
    Guest: Rebecca Treiman, professor of child developmental psychology at Washington University in St. Louis
  • June 26: “Is Response to Intervention (RTI) Really the Road to Improvement?”
    Guests: Jim Wright, RTI consultant and founder of Intervention Central; and Douglas Fuchs, Nicholas Hobbs Chair in special education and human development in the Vanderbilt University Medical School Department of Special Education

The first episode of Podclassed is available on the iOS Podcast and Stitcher apps, with others to follow. Educators can subscribe at no cost, and listeners are invited to share teaching or learning experiences that offer an effective solution to an important issue in education.

“Each Podclassed episode topic will be addressed from a variety of viewpoints and stakeholders,” said Axtell. “Whether you’re a student or an expert, your voice is valuable.”

Listeners who would like to share their perspective with parents and educators who are interested in improving the future of education can submit a discussion topic for Podclassed by contacting Axtell at [email protected].

About Reading Horizons
For more than 30 years, Reading Horizons has dedicated its time and efforts to perfecting a reading system that makes learning to read simple and enjoyable for beginning and struggling readers. All of Reading Horizons’ products are based on a method that provides explicit, systematic, sequential decoding instruction. The Reading Horizons method has been proven successful for beginning readers, struggling readers, and students learning English. For more information, please visit

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