"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
Including Clips from
Dr. Louisa Moats
Author: Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading ...
Professor of Instructional Research,
Oregon; Creator of Direct Instruction
Dr. Paula Tallal|
Board of Governors' Professor - Neuroscience
Dr. G. Reid Lyon|
Past-Branch Chief, National Institute of Child Health & Human Dev.
Dr. James Heckman|
Nobel Prize Economics Author: The
Productivity Argument for Investing in Young Children
Dr. Mike Merzenich|
Chair of Integrative
Neurosciences, UCSF; Member National
President (2003-2005), International
Dr. John Searle
Prof. of the Philosophy of Mind &
Language, Berkeley; Author: Mind, A Brief Introduction
Dr. Todd Risley|
Co-author: Meaningful Differences.
Executive Director, National Center for
Dr. Keith Rayner|
Professor, University of Mass. Author: Eye
Movements in Reading
Specialist, Creator: The F.A.T. City Workshop
and many more..
Children of the Code
events are multidisciplinary, multimedia, learning journeys into
what is at stake
and what is involved in learning to read. Our events are
thought provoking tours through the
insights of over one hundred
and fifty field leading scientists, scholars, educators, government
leaders, children, and parents.
Workshops for Teachers
"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
"I am a 30-year
teacher and I felt like for once what was being said to me made absolute sense."
- K. HusVall, Cheektawaga, New York
We don't sell products or advocate for a political,
ideological, or methodological agenda - we don't play the blame game either. Our
events proceed from the premise that independent of all the arguments about how
to teach reading, the
better educators and parents understand the challenges involved in learning to
read, the better they can help children learn through those challenges.
"The Code and
the Challenge of Learning to Read It" is a powerful professional learning
experience. It communicates multiple messages that challenge the diverse
personal and professional interests of educators on a variety of engaging
Elizabeth D. Holmes, Director, Center for Quality Teaching and Learning,
Columbus State University
informative. This is not a quick fix or remedy for reading problems, but a
thorough scientific explanation of the entire reading process from leading
experts in a variety of fields. Attending this event will provide a deeper
understanding of why children struggle with reading and what needs to be
done to address this crisis in our schools."
- Karen Kemp, Seminar
Organizer for Council of New York Special Education Administrators, Director
of Special Programs, Cohoes City Schools
COTC events weave
Children of the Code video sequences
and multimedia content into exciting and perspective-shifting learning
experiences that re-orient how our audiences
think about 'the code' and the 'challenges in
involved in learning to read it'.
"Wow! Eureka! Now
I get it. I wish I had heard this 25 years ago."
- M. Plail, Sutton Elementary Even Start,
What is reading? How
does learning to read affect our intelligence, emotional development, and
the overall health of our learning? How does learning to read
as children shape how we grow into adults?
"Extremely thought provoking! I really never thought about reading in
the way I now am."
- G. Willis, Gerald
Adams Elementary School, Key West, Fl
What is the relationship between
the alphabet, spelling, spoken language, reading, and writing? Why is
it so confusing? How is it confusing? How does the brain work out
this confusion and what happens when it can't do it fast enough?
that’s interesting. I think that’s a lovely description of it (the
challenge of learning to read). I’m impressed with the cast that
you’ve assembled; it’s certainly a very impressive group."
Dr. Tim Shanahan, Chair National Early Literacy
Panel, President (2006), International Reading
District Leadership Seminars
What is the difference between
dyslexia and reading improficiency? What is the difference between
inherited weaknesses and growing up in environments that insufficiently
exercise the neuro-developmental prerequisites of reading? How does
learning to read affect self-esteem and how does self-esteem affect learning
to read? How do the feelings evoked by learning to read difficulties
exacerbate learning to read difficulties?
most scholars, until awakened by the “Children of the Code” project, I
took reading as much for granted as eating and drinking. Very few of us
have paid sufficient attention to the specific emotions triggered in
children as they begin to read. “Children of the Code”
merits the serious attention of anyone interested in emotional health of
children or the future of America." -
Dr. Donald L. Nathanson, M.D. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry,
Jefferson Medical College, Author: 'Shame and Pride' and 'Knowing
The central purpose of the Children of the Code Project is to
help educators, parents, and all who care about children, develop a deeper
understanding of 'what
is at stake' and 'what is involved' in learning to read.
We offer keynote addresses, presentations, talks, seminars, and workshops.
We customize and orchestrate
each event to maximize relevance, connection, insight, and impact. Because
we are a non profit project our
events are comparatively inexpensive - in many cases, only a fraction of the
cost of engaging just one of our
"It's a wonderful thing that you're doing. I
appreciate the scope of what you're doing. It's called information improvement
which is the prime issue in knowledge advancement. How do you put things
together in ways that are easily understandable and communicable to other
people. You're talking about a big thing. People see pieces of it and you're
putting together a whole lot of things that no individual one of us has a grasp
Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Alaska, Co Author -
from Previous Event Attendees and Organizers
About the presenter:
is the Director of the Children of the Code project and the producer
and interviewer of the
Children of the Code Documentary series. He
appeared in the "The New Science of Learning" PBS documentary (watch
a clip) and his work has been featured in numerous
books and articles.
articles on learning
have been published internationally.
Read an Interview with David Boulton
"For the past thirty-three years I
have been a teacher and educator of all levels of schooling, colleges and
universities and I was extremely impressed by David's insights into the
learning process." - Roy Lundin, Ph.D,
Director Queensland University of Technology, Australia
"Your presentation for our Schools
of the Future Design Team was stunning! Your work is the key to
revolutionizing schools of the future. I cannot remember when I have had
such a great learning experience." - Margaret
Gayle, Author of Educational Renaissance
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