I never fully
understood how a child felt when they struggle with reading. After
listening to David Boulton, who explained and played several video interviews in
his (National Circle of Learning Conference) keynote address, it was as if the
pieces of the puzzle magically appeared and fit into place.
- N. Schmidt, Trainer,
Onondaga Cortland Madison County BOCES, Syracuse, NY
was a tremendous workshop! The material presented was eye opening. For
the first time, I was given insight into the way we learn and process
"the code". By understanding the interlockings of language environment,
self esteem and shame based feelings when not reaching learning
expectations, it became clear to me why so many become disengaged and
disconnected from the "educational process".
- D. Hardy - Illinois Action For Children, Chicago, Illinois
"I am a psychologist from
Newark, Ohio, and recently attended your presentation on “The Effect of
Learning to Read Difficulties on Mental Health” at the School-Based
Mental Health conference in Cleveland. As a mental health
practitioner working in schools, I regularly see the effects of learning
problems on children’s mental health. Your presentation however,
informed me at new levels and inspired me to new heights for working
with students’ reading abilities and struggles." - Dr. B. Bloomster, School Intervention Program Coordinator, Newark,
"Clear explanations that
do not focus on the blame game but work toward solutions. This was a
tremendous awakening! This much needed information must be spread to the
masses!" - B. Smyzer,
"I was extremely
impressed by Mr. Boulton's knowledge on the subject of literacy and the
extensive research he had done. His analysis of factors contributing to
the problem of illiteracy was highly interesting and in some cases new
to me. It was a riveting session."
- L. Taylor, Broward County, Florida
"Extremely thought provoking! I really never thought about reading in
the way I now am. Thank you!"
- G. Willis,
Gerald Adams Elementary School, Key West, Fl
is a lot to think about. I know I'll do a better job teaching reading,
of course I'd like to know more about strategies to use that would help
students struggling to read and comprehend. Great background knowledge!
This information would be very helpful for preschools, daycares,
churches, etc. in addition to parents. We should persue every avenue of
– A. M. Randolph,
"You are doing a great service - you are a voice crying in the
wilderness about a problem that is very real right now & is only going
to get worse (given the ongoing demographic changes of the US) AND you
are presenting the way to help (rather than just admiring the problem!)
you've done (& continue to do) outstandingly well!!! good show! good
- Dr. B.
Stone, Psychologist, Kansas
was a very powerful experience for me. At several points of the event
and in many of the video clips I felt as though you knew that I needed
to hear this information for some specific students I have in my class
right now. The videos of the children speaking about their feelings hit
my heart like a ton of bricks. I realized I haven't asked the struggling
readers in my class what they feel like and what they think will help
them. I will definitely do this. This presentation gave me such a huge
wake up call as to the importance of not letting this get passed on for
another year for these children."
- Tracy Musil 1st & 2nd Grade Teacher,
Burnaby School District
"GREAT PRESENTATION. My
overall experience was very enlightening and powerful...gave me a deeper
understanding of the brain and how it relates to the way children
struggle with reading and learning. Listening to the videos of the
children's thoughts and feelings was very emotional for me. Hence, my
thoughts and attitude towards children has now been transformed to a
more healthy approach to communicating and interacting with children."
- L. Robinson, Educator, Bermuda
"I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and feel that I have gained some
insight and a new perspective about reading and writing and the teaching
of these two subject areas.
I was impressed by the fact that Mr. Boulton was not looking for someone
– J. Bertz, Special Education Teacher,
"Thank you for your
provocative presentation to the librarians in Chicago. Over the course
of the next days' workshops and the remainder of the conference we heard
many remarks about how you "set the tone" for the conference by
reminding us what we are up against."
J. Nelson, Youth Services Coordinator, Pierce County Library System
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