Supporting Every Child’s Right to Read

Right to Read Inquiry & the Disconnect Between

Phonics Instruction and Leveled Texts

Deirdree O’Toole from the Science of Reading Discussion for Irish Teachers joins Dr. Kathryn Garforth discussed the disconnect between Phonics instruction and using Leveled Texts in the classroom.

Resources mentioned in this talk:

Other Resources:

The Right to Read Initiative & Repeated Readings

Report of the National Reading Panel: Teaching Children to Read

Dr. Kathryn Garforth, Ph.D.
Founder of Garforth Education and The Right To Read Initiative. 
Garforth Education provides online courses and professional development for educators. Garforth Education provides support to families of neurodiverse individuals. Dr. Garforth helps them understand the diagnosis and needs of their child.


Dr. Kathryn Garforth is passionate about every child's #RightToRead. As a dyslexic and the parent of a dyslexic she has a personal connection to the struggles students face. Her teacher training program did not provide the training to teach children like her how to read.  She's determined to spread awareness about best practices for teaching reading.


Twitter: @GarforthEduc

Deirdre O’Toole (Dee) is a Primary School Teacher in Ireland and is currently teaching Junior Infants (Kindergarten). She fell down the rabbit hole of Early Literacy Research a few years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Every day is a an opportunity to learn something new!

Dee runs ‘Playful Classroom’, which you can find on Instagram, Facebook and She is also the founder of the Facebook group ‘Science of Reading Discussion for Irish Teachers’. All are welcome to join!

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