The science and poetry in learning (and teaching) to read

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MARYANNE WOLF is the director of the Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA and the author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain (HarperCollins, 2007), Tales of Literacy for the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2018), and Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World (HarperCollins, 2018).


  • Jan Faimon

    Please help! I am a special education teacher who has a 7 the grade student with dyslexia. She was home-schooled until 4th grade and is extremely creative and intelligent. However, she was led to believe these strengths would be e
    All she needed, and she showed little desire to learn to read. (Public schooling was mandated by a divorce settlement, but she resides with her mother, her homeschool teacher) and has a disdain for the public school system). I MAY have convinced her to really give reading a try, but feel utterly ill-equipped. I have 21 other students, some with intense emotional needs, and have very limited time and resources. Any advice would be so very appreciated!

  • Julya

    Jan, I am a parent of a child who has severe dyslexia and wanted to tell you that you may have the tools in the school that you need. Do you have Wilson Reading? Slingerland? Take Flight? SPIRE? Language Live? RAVE-O? Anything like that, structured, multisensory, explicit, phonemic awareness – that is what they need. It is slow going in progress, usually, but they can progress. Follow the Facebook page called “Bright Solutions for Dyslexia” as Susan Barton posts some great resources!

  • Donna

    There is also an outside school resource that is free. Unfortunately, there is a waiting list to get in. The Learning Centers that is supported by the Masons provides excellent Orton Gillingham instruction.

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