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The first talk of the series, titled “Making sense of the great reading debate: A guide to the science and practice of helping all children read” took place on April 27 at 7 p.m. via Zoom and was delivered by Faculty of Education Dean Rob Savage. The goal of the talk was to help stakeholders in the community navigate through the complex and sometimes contested space of early reading teaching practices. Savage reviewed the research on the role of phonics and wider oral and written language in reading acquisition and its implication for practice and policy. A key goal was to dismantle unhelpful dichotomies that have held both research and practice back and to create positions that are “research-driven” but also informed by the complexities of children and classrooms.