TeacherGoal #5: Support All Students to Become Independent Readers with Kathryn Starke

“Honestly, reading is the most complex subject to teach.”


Kathryn Starke
Author, Touchdown Reading

Reading is a common subject within all classrooms; students read to do essays, workshops, activities, research, etc. However, have you ever wondered if they are really enjoying it? As an educator, you should look for different ways to know the answer and figure out the best manner to shift your student’s mindset about reading. In this week’s episode, we have a very special guest that will provide us with meaningful strategies you can use to empower your students to love literacy.

Let me introduce Kathryn Starke; she has a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master's degree in Literacy and Culture.  Kathryn is an urban literacy consultant, reading specialist, author, keynote speaker, adjunct professor, and the founder of Creative Minds Publications. Her books, Tackle Reading and A Touchdown in Reading are part of a national educational initiative supported by the NFL.

Tune in and be up-to-date to support your students to become independent readers!

3 TeacherGoal Tips

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Tip 1:
To help students become independent readers, start by teaching phonological awareness

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Tip 2:
Have students read aloud in order to determine their strengths and weaknesses.

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Tip 3:
Content-area Teachers can use the same graphic organizer that is used for non-fiction to also teach reading

This Episode Features...

Kathryn Starke

Kathryn Starke is an urban literacy consultant, reading specialist, author, keynote speaker, adjunct professor, and the founder of Creative Minds Publications. She has been featured on multiple media platforms including Success magazine, Inspire Me Today, and Thrive Global. She is the creator of Tackle Reading, an annual literacy educational initiative supported by the NFL.

A native of Richmond Virginia, Kathryn graduated from Longwood University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master's degree in Literacy and Culture. She has taught first, second, and third grade and served as a reading specialist and district literacy coach for over a decade in inner city/Title I schools in Virginia. She is the author of Amy’s Travels, a multicultural children’s book used in schools on over twenty countries on six continents. The book was recently turned into a musical by the Latin Ballet of Virginia. Her books, Tackle Reading and A Touchdown in Reading are part of a national educational initiative supported by the NFL.

She is a freelance educational writer for a variety of magazines including Education Digest, Edutopia, Teach Hub, and Literacy Daily, the publication of International Literacy Association. Kathryn was named one of the 50 Great Writers You Should be Reading by The Author’s Show and one of the top 20 educators you should be following in 2020. Her book, A Touchdown in Reading: An Educator's Guide to Literacy Instruction was selected as one of the top books of 2021 to teach reading. She has provided in depth literacy consulting in over 150 schools in some of the largest school districts in the country including New York City and Los Angeles Unified.

Erica Terry, Host

Erica Terry is a 19 year educator with experience as Chief Academic Officer, School Counselor and High School Science Teacher. 

She is the author of Classroom to CEO in 30 Days and founder of Healthy Wealthy Educators, where she provides actionable tools and resources that empower you to live a healthy lifestyle and build generational wealth by creating multiple streams of income. 

While inspiring educators to create a life they love embodies her professional passion, her husband, Melvin and daughter, Eva are the driving force and greatest blessings in her life. You can find her hanging out on Instagram @healthywealthyeducators

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