We want everyone to have equal access to high quality intervention - period.
We know that there are a number of barriers to this goal.
There is a lack of trained professionals available to help students with dyslexia.
We felt that many Orton-Gillingham (OG) based programs just didn't fit many of our students' needs. Each has benefits and drawbacks but when matched appropriately to the individual child any number of the programs can be successful.
We felt that many programs had a great sequence, fantastic instructional techniques, but essentially left us on our own to figure it out.
We were ready to move beyond the barriers - we know you are too!
We were ready for something different and it just didn't exist - so we created it.
We were ready for an accessible, highly individualized curriculum, that provided the community and support to help you implement it.
HERE IT IS!
Becky Newell, M.Ed. is the Director of Product Development. Becky has a masters degree in education from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With over 10 years of education experience and extensive training in the Orton-Gillingham approach from the Windward School in White Plains NY, The Hill Center in Durham NC, and under renowned OG fellows, Becky is dedicated to helping children with dyslexia learn how to read, develop self-confidence and grow as learners. Becky has worked as an interventionist at Children’s Hospital Colorado where she worked with a wide range of of different learning needs.
Becky was diagnosed with dyslexia in 6th grade and struggled to learn how to read. She openly talks with her students about the difficulty of learning how to read and spell as well as the strengths that come with having dyslexia. First and foremost, Becky’s approach is a strengths based approach and building on the child’s strengths she works to systematically remediate the reading and spelling weaknesses.
Corey Pollard, M.S. is part of the curriculum design team. She has a background in educational assessments and is most interested in how educational assessment impacts and influences the intervention program and loves bringing data and science into the intervention setting. She also works as an interventionist supporting students who struggle with reading, writing, math, and executive functioning. Corey has a Master's of Science in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD.
Corey has a background in research and assessment of children with Autism and Down Syndrome from Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University. She also has specific training in neuropsychology and speech-language pathology. Corey spent two years working with Dr. Bruce Pennington at the University of Denver on studies evaluating the genetic and phenotypic markers of dyslexia and has presented independently conducted research on the outcomes of students with dyslexia in an outpatient therapy program at the International Dyslexia Association national conference.
Corey has training in Wilson, Fundations, Orton-Gillingham, Handwriting without Tears, and many other programs to support struggling students.
Mikayla Storey, B.A. - is part of the design team and is head of the marketing and Smart ALEC community pages. More awesome information about Mikayla is coming soon!