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Advisory Panel

Geraldine P. Wallach, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita at the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at California State University

Geraldine P. Wallach, Ph.D. (Dr. Gerry Wallach) is a Professor Emerita the Department of Speech-Language Pathology at California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, California. She teaches courses in childhood and school-age language disorders, assessment, phonology, and language development. She has published widely in school-age language disorders including her most recent book, now in press with Dr. Alaine Ocampo:

 

She has published widely in school-age language disorders including her most recent book, now in press with Dr. Alaine Ocampo,: Language and Literacy Connections: Intervention for School-age Students.  She is an editor of the text: Handbook of Language and Literacy: Development and Disorders (NY: GuilfordPress, 2014).

She has also been one of three Americans involved in a teacher training project in Guangzhou, China. She prides herself in being a school-based professional and is committed to issues in education and the expanding role of speech-language pathologists in literacy.

Dr. Kevin T. Kalikow

child/adolescent psychiatrist & author

After attending Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Dr. Kalikow trained in General Psychiatry at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division and in Child Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

 

He is currently Clinical Assistant Professor in Child Psychiatry at New York Medical College. He also teaches at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Kalikow has been interviewed and quoted in numerous publications, such as The New York Times. He has been interviewed on radio and television, including National Public Radio's The Diane Rehm Show. He teaches widely and is known as an engaging and informative speaker.

 

Dr. Kalikow was asked by a local hospital to speak on the topic of the alleged over prescription of psychiatric medicines to children. That speech culminated in Your Child in the Balance, a much-needed guide for parents who are faced with the decision of whether their child should take psychiatric medicine.

 

Kids on Meds, Dr. Kalikow's second book, guides professionals and parents through the maze of psychiatric medicines. Using a reader-friendly but substantive style, Kids on Meds teaches the reader about the use and side effects of these medicines, so that they can appreciate the pros and cons of using various medicines.

Margie B. Gillis

Literacy How, Inc.

Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D. is a Certified Academic Language Therapist, a research affiliate at Haskins Laboratories and the president of  Literacy How, a non-profit organization that provides professional development on the Science of Reading. Margie is also the president of Anne Fowler Foundation providing scholarships for educators. She is the co-founder of Smart Kids with LD, the former president of ConnBIDA, a board member of the Dyslexia Society of CT and New Alliance Foundation, and a professional advisor for Understood, ReadWorks, and the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction.

Courtney Dunbabin

Director of Professional Development and co-founder of The Learning Alliance.

Courtney Dunbabin is a Speech and Language Pathologist who calls the island of Tasmania, Australia her home. She has worked for over 12 years in a variety of setting including Early Years, Education, Private Practice and NGO. She is currently working in Education in a Literacy Project Leader role focusing on collaboration between Speech and Language Pathologists and Educators in relation to oral language and literacy instruction and support. She is passionate about all children accessing high quality literacy instruction and is a strong advocate for Speech and Language Pathologists to take a leadership role to exert influence in the language underpinnings that affect learning in the classroom.

ELIZABETH WOODY-REMINGTON

Director of Professional Development and co-founder of The Learning Alliance.

Liz earned her B.A. in English Literature from the University of Delaware and her Masters in Learning Disabilities from American University, where she was one of the last students to work with the legendary Sally Smith, the founder of the Washington Lab School. She is on the Board of Directors for the International Dyslexia Association. The Learning Alliance, in collaboration with the Indian River County School District and the broader community, has set the Moonshot Moment goal of 90% of third grade students reading at or above grade level. These efforts reached a world-wide audience when the work was featured on the PBS NewsHour in September 2014, and TLA/Moonshot Moment has earned the Pacesetter Awards from the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading seven times. She lives in Vero Beach, Florida, and is the mother of two boys who have struggled with Learning and Attention issues.

Rooted in Language & Rita Cevasco & Associates

Rita has spent over thirty years working as a speech-language pathologist with extensive training in dyslexia and dysgraphia. Her company Rooted in Language provides multisensory, engaging strategies for teaching struggling and typical learners, giving educators the tools needed to grow independent, successful readers and writers. As a homeschool veteran, Rita promotes a comprehensive approach to language arts for all learners in all settings, but especially for those who struggle.

 

Rita co-authored with Tracy Molitors, Trees in the Forest: Growing Readers and Writers through Deep Comprehension. Rita and her team create materials to foster deep learning, helping students take small steps toward huge growth!

An owner of several labrador retrievers, Laura is now a volunteer and foster with The Ability Center Assistance Dogs, and grant and fundraising manager for Agility Angels, a non-profit that uses dog agility to improve the physical, emotional and mental health of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays. 

Rita Cevasco

Laura Pierce

Teacher

Laura Pierce has been an educator for over 25 years and subsequently worked in the non-profit arena for 15 years. As an educator in New York, New Jersey and Ohio, she developed and taught curriculums in the areas of Gifted and Talented, Art, Reading and Social Studies in grades K-8. She graduated from Syracuse University with a BS degree in Public Relations and Journalism and then received a Masters of Science in Education from The Sages College (formerly Russell Sage College). Her career has taken her from teaching in a rural, remote setting of the Adirondacks in upstate New York, the suburbs of northern New Jersey to finishing her career in Sylvania, Ohio. “Teaching is often a matter of how students can effectively use their minds, to be creative problem solvers and critical thinkers. The boom in technology and social media has created significant changes in our society within the last two decades, and with that we have unending new challenges with student learning. We must not forget that the development of  language and learning are important dimensions of hands-on activities. John Rosemond’s basic tenets - 3R’s- Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness can guide many parents/educators to raise autonomous learners”.

 

An owner of several labrador retrievers, Laura is now a volunteer and foster with The Ability Center Assistance Dogs, and grant and fundraising manager for Agility Angels, a non-profit that uses dog agility to improve the physical, emotional and mental health of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental delays. 

Jane Carver

University of South Florida College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics

Jane Carver, PhD, MS, MPH, has been on the faculty of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, since 1981. She is currently Professor Emeritus. Her career in pediatrics has given her a keen appreciation of the importance of early diagnosis and intervention in assuring strong and healthy development. Through her personal involvement with MVLLP, she has learned about the role of informed speech and language intervention in developing spoken and written language skills.

 

She has experienced first-hand how effective this approach is in children with deficits in these critical areas. For the last 10 years she has been teaching scientific communication to health care professionals and trainees, further confirming her conviction that the early achievement of sound oral and written communication skills is a basic foundation for academic success, and should be made available to all children. She is an advocate for timely early assessment and treatment and scientifically- based intervention to support competent social and academic communication.

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