Podcast: How To Help Families Find Joy In Reading with Dr. Erin Bailey Transformative Principal 586

Erin Bailey, Ed.D., joined Reading Is Fundamental in 2021 and currently serves as the Director of Literacy and Content. Dr. Bailey has been an educator in U.S. and international classrooms. 


In this episode, Dr. Erin Bailey joins Jethro Jones to talk about how to engage families in inspiring the joy of reading in children.  

  • Making reading backed by research, powered by joy 
  • Concerns in children’s reading - not teaching it correctly 
  • Teaching teachers to be culturally responsive 
  • Train teachers in getting to know their students.  
  • Things we should do to teach kids reading: phonological awareness (hearing and manipulating sounds), phonics, vocabulary, fluency (rate, accuracy, expression), and comprehension. 
  • Typically science of reading stops at the first two. 
  • There’s no one way to teach reading 
  • Motivation to read 
  • Giving children access to books that they own and choose 
  • Link between motivation and reading, and motivation and comprehension 
  • Bookmobile, printed, Skybrary 
  • Getting joy from the experience 
  • Parents are the primary educators 
  • You can’t out-teach the culture of the home. 
  • Teacher PD about family engagement systems 
  • Family engagement vs. family involvement 
  • Family engagement is the family system and the school system working together  
  • Power of story 
  • Family Literacy Evening - bring families on board to plan the event, rather than just having the school do everything, involve food, childcare (or activities) for other siblings, and give away books.  
  • Outreach is important, reach out to see why people didn’t attend.  
  • The location where you have your events is important - where else could you have the event?  
  • RIF coordinators getting books to kids during the pandemic. 
  • How to be a transformative principal? Listen to your families and make a connection.

Listen to the full podcast here.