Helping Dyslexic and Striving Readers With Evidence-Based Text
Thursday, March 3rd, 2:00pm CDT
Join Mackin for a fascinating, informative event with CEO and founder of Noah Text, Sarah K. Blodgett, and Certified Dyslexia Interventionist and Co-Director of RI Tutorial & Educational Services, Lisa Bigney. Sarah and Lisa will discuss the unique attributes of English that make dyslexia more common in the United States than in most other countries and result in students needing 2-3 times more reading instruction time and practice than children in countries with less complex languages. They will also introduce Noah Text®, a specialized scaffolded text that builds reading skills while enhancing fluency, stamina, and reading confidence from the most struggling to the slightly resistant reader. Noah Text® was designed to make reading easier by simulating what simpler languages provide by making critical patterns visible to the reader. Notably, students and teachers have found it to be highly effective.
A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who attend this webinar. A recording will be posted to Mackin.com for those who cannot participate in the live session.
Sarah K. Blodgett
Founder & CEO, Noah Text, LLC
Sarah is a skilled researcher and writer who developed Noah Text® after working with her own child who struggled with reading. The Noah Text® patent pending method has received ongoing recognition from literacy specialists and education professionals since its release in 2016 and was selected as an Innovation Showcase Panelist by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), Education Business Forum, in 2017. Sarah is currently collaborating with New Century Education Foundation and researchers at Michigan State University developing specialized Noah Text® lessons for New Century’s Intelligent Tutoring System. Also, she is continuing to expand Noah Text® technology tools and publications. Sarah speaks at colleges, schools, and various educational organizations. Her fervent mission is to make Noah Text® available in ALL print and digital media for ALL readers.
Co-Director, RI Tutorial & Educational Services
Lisa is a Certified Dyslexia Interventionist and Co-Director of Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services (RITES) serving students and adults with learning disabilities, specializing in multi-sensory methods. Her specialties include learning disabilities, dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, Asperger’s, and Orton-Gillingham instruction. Lisa founded RITES in 1997, a non-profit organization that serves Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. RITES’ employs more than 40 certified and highly qualified, experienced teachers, using research-based approaches for students of all ages. Prior to founding RITES, Lisa was a special education teacher at the Hamilton School at Wheeler, with which RITES partners to provide crucial summer literacy programming services to the community. Lisa earned her M.Ed. at Harvard University in Curriculum and Learning Environments, M.Ed. at Lesley College in Computers in Education, and B.S. in Elementary and Special Education at Boston University.
Publisher, Noah Text Publishing
Neal is an experienced publisher and consultant in the K-12 education market. Formerly President of Weekly Reader, publisher of the well-known children’s classroom magazines, he has managed his own consulting firm, Egremont Associates, for the past decade, providing strategic advice and executional support to children’s and educational publishers. Working with Sarah Blodgett, the founder and CEO of Noah Text, LLC, Neal’s role is to broaden the distribution of Noah Text’s proprietary technology and oversee the firm’s publishing efforts. In this role, Neal draws on more than a quarter century of experience as a publishing executive. Prior to his time at Weekly Reader, he was President of Prentice Hall Direct and President of Scholastic Library (formerly Grolier Reference) Publishing.