"The most powerful
professional development experience I have ever had. This was truly an
awakening for me! I will never look at the reading
process in the same way."
Julie Colley Lowery,
Alabama State Department of Education, Special Education
"The Children of the Code
gave a tremendous presentation in our service center about the importance of
knowing how to break the code for all students, specially our struggling
readers. I really enjoyed the historical background of the functions of
language and how the alphabet symbols came to be part of the magic of reading."
- Amy Mares,
M.Ed., Sr. Education Specialist,
comments heard from the registration people, people in our
classes this week, table discussion leaders etc. have been
positive. You made a wonderful contribution. The topics have
stimulated classroom discussions. We
are extremely pleased with the impact made in our community.
You are great. The BIG picture was outstandingly FINE!" -
Linda Koehler, Professor of Special Education, University of Central Missouri
with the Children of the Code staff was one of the most
delightful experiences in establishing staff development.
The training was
extraordinary! Six months later, conversations are still
occurring around thoughts from that event. It was the
easiest and best event we have done! Thank you Children of
the Code for outstanding professionalism and customer
service while delivering dynamic, relevant information and
- Mary Ashe, Coordinator,The Literacy
Enlightenment, Raleigh, North Carolina
"What David delivered to
our small district was a thought-provoking and powerful presentation that
emotionally affected, parents, teachers and community members. Two weeks
following the seminar, people are still talking about it and wanting to know
more. Hopefully this is just the beginning of an awakening......."
- Jane Pfautsch, Reading Specialist, Granville Schools, Granville,
"Being part of such a
sweeping, panoramic view of the complexity of breaking the
code and learning how to read, sparked intense dialogue
among this committed group of Chicago practitioners. I also
appreciated the technical support we received from your
organization—the web page links got the word out in a fast,
efficient manner." - Marta Sánchez,
Family Literacy Project Manager Hull House Chicago, Illinois
a pleasure working with you and having you with our group.
The conversations that I have had after the experience have
been very positive with a lot of "thought" going on out
there! Your message was heard and already I have been
in meetings where administrators incorporated their learning
into upcoming presentations and in future planning. Thanks
again for sharing the day with us." - S. Wood, Director of
Technology and Leadership Development, Oak Hills Local
Schools, Cincinnati, OH
"The presentation was very well
received. It was informational and engaging. It was a
pleasant experience overall. The challenges society puts on
reading was very interesting. It is an angle that is not
given much importance in other programs. Early reading
readiness skills are so important. We have to get the word
out. You are doing a good job."
- Kyle Hesser, President 2007, Nebraska School Psychologists
Thank you for your interest in arranging or helping to arrange a Children of the
keynote addresses, presentations, talks, seminars, and workshops. From small group workshops to keynotes for
thousands, we customize and orchestrate each event to maximize relevance,
connection, insight, and impact.
Keynotes and Talks
(30 to 90 minutes) themes include:
Are Who We Learn to Be“, “Stewarding
the Health of our Children’s Learning“, “Children
of the Code“, “The
Code and the Challenge of Learning to Read It“, “Mind-Shame:
The Dark Heart of Learning Difficulties",
"Understanding and Preventing Acquired Learning Disabilities" and others.
have presented keynote addresses at the annual conferences of the Georgia
School Superintendents Association, Nebraska State
School Psychologists Association, South Carolina Education and Business Summit, Scientific Learning’s National Circle of
Learning, the Florida State Literacy Coalition, The Learning Disabilities
Symposium of the Winston San Antonio, C.J. Davidson
Memorial Lecture Series for The Scottish Rite Learning Center of West Texas,
Burnaby School District
(Canada), and many others. We have been a featured
presenter at conferences and events including the Science Network's 'Science
of Educating', the International Dyslexia Association (main international
conference), United Way, Rotary International, the Center for Quality Leadership, the
National School Mental
Health Association, the National Center for Family Literacy, Lindamood-Bell,
ACE of Florida, the Michigan Council for
Exceptional Children, and many others.
Seminars (120 to 180 minutes) COTC seminars introduce
or extend the themes of our keynotes and talks and go deeper to include:
The human, social, and economic dimensions of
reading related difficulties.
How reading effects our overall learning abilities and the development of our
How chronic reading difficulty affects self-esteem.
Why so many people experience difficulty learning to read.
The connections between family, language, self-esteem, and learning to read.
Phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
The relationship between the alphabet, spelling, oral language, reading, and
The code of written English, how it developed and how it works.
How the brain uses the code to generate the simulated language experience we call reading.
How meaningless code-processing and meaningful language
How to 'read' where and why the brains of struggling
readers are 'stuttering'.
How to become better first-person
learners in applying reading methodologies to individual learners.
(300 to 400 minutes) our workshops use the
'big picture' framework of our talks and seminars to travel deeper into the
details while extending the opportunity for audience participation through
thought experiments, demonstrations, dialogue and detailed Q&A sessions.
We have conducted over 60 seminars and
workshops for colleges of education, state departments of education, school districts,
schools, and literacy organizations.
Learning Stewards is a non-profit organization. Live events are a vital
part of both expressing and supporting our work. As we don’t sell
anything, we do charge fees for our participation at events. However,
depending on your event, we may be able to secure donations that can
significantly reduce our fees. If you have a limited budget but can make
a good case for your proposed event, let us know and we will work with
1) Fees (2014) : Contact
us with a description of your event and we will send you our fee
schedule: 502-290-2526, email us at
click here to go to our
event inquiry form.
Fees do not include travel expenses, which vary according to how a
proposed event fits with existing travel plans. We offer a 10% discount
for additional same-day and/or next-day events.
Equipment: LCD projector, PA system (more detail)
Optional resources we
offer in support of our
can provide local organizers
with a number of optional resources including customized web pages,
on-line registration systems, printable flyers, email templates, and radio
and television promotional spots.
Fees for optional
packages are at COTC cost and range from $250 to 500.00
If you are interested in finding out more about Children
of the Code events and/or how to arrange one for your organization please
call us at 502-290-2526, email us at
click here to go to our
event inquiry form.
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