A Podcast for Educators

Listen to Podclassed to explore current educational topics from a variety of perspectives and to learn practical solutions for the current challenges facing educators.


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About Podclassed

Podclassed is focused on sharing a variety of perspectives on varying topics in education with the goal of improving education for every student. While we’re not sure that a podcast can change the world, we believe that the first step is having important conversations.

Each episode focuses on a specific topic in education. These topics are discussed by parents, educators, and experts and hosted by Laura Axtell, M.Ed., and Stacy Hurst, M.Ed. from Reading Horizons.

Meet Your Hosts


Laura Axtell, M.Ed.


Stacy Hurst, M.Ed.

Stacy Hurst is an assistant professor of Teacher Education at Southern Utah University. She has bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Education. She has Reading, Advanced Reading, and ELL Endorsements. During her twenty years as an educator she has been a first grade teacher, ELL teacher, literacy coach, and reading specialist. Her extensive experience also includes coordinating interventions for struggling readers, implementing blended learning, and training thousands of teachers on structured approaches to literacy instruction.  Stacy is the co-author of a foundational literacy program, is the Chief Education Officer at Reading Horizons, and serves as a member of the Utah Decoding Dyslexia advisory board.

Popular Episodes

Just getting started with Podclassed? Here are a few of our most popular past episodes:

Decodable Text, Leveled Text, and All the Rest

SEASON 3 | Episode 1

Dr. Amy Murdoch discusses the importance of text in reading instruction for beginning readers and older struggling readers. Research indicates that the type of text matters and Dr. Murdoch shares specific recommendations based on the goals of reading instruction and intervention.


Intervention for Students with Dyslexia: A Structured Literacy Approach

Season 2 | Episode 6

An extensive conversation with Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling discussing the various instructional approaches for teaching reading and how structured literacy differs from typical instruction to more effectively meet the needs of students with dyslexia.


Game-Changing Resources for Special Education

Season 4 | Episode 1

An experienced educator discusses the value of communication with students in special education through options for classroom practice and educational technology resources.

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Our Sponsor

Podclassed is sponsored by Reading Horizons, an education company committed to improving literacy instruction to beginning readers, struggling readers, and English Language Learners of all ages through teacher training, direct instruction materials, and instructional software.