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Author Louisa Moats

LEAD AUTHOR: Louisa C. Moats

Lead author Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D., is a nationally recognized authority on literacy education and is widely acclaimed as a researcher, speaker, consultant, and trainer. Dr. Moats received her doctorate in reading and human development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has served as an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School. She has also been a teacher, school psychologist, and licensed psychologist in private practice.

In addition to LETRS®, Dr. Moats is known for her many publications on reading instruction, the professional development of teachers, and the relationship between language, reading, and spelling. Dr. Moats is also the author of LANGUAGE! Live, a comprehensive ELA curriculum that combines multimedia online resources, progress-monitoring technology, and age-appropriate, teacher-led instruction to motivate and support struggling adolescents. LANGUAGE!® Live supports students in building foundational skills and reaching the rigorous expectations of today's standards.

LETRS Trainers

Mary Dahlgren

Mary Dahlgren

Mary Dahlgren, Ed.D., has more than 20 years of experience teaching children and training teachers. She is a certified instructor by the Academic Language Therapy Association and an Alphabetic Phonics therapist. Dr. Dahlgren has served as a consultant for the Region VII Comprehensive Center in Oklahoma since 1999 and as an evaluator on the E-TEAM for the national evaluation of the Reading Success Network. She is the coauthor of “Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century: A Conversation among Multiple Stakeholders” in Perspectives on Reading: Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century (University of Oklahoma Press, 2002).

Judi Dodson

Judi Dodson

Judith Dodson is a national LETRS trainer She worked for 20 years as a special education teacher and educational consultant. Dodson is the author of 50 Nifty Activities for 5 Components and 3 Tiers of Reading Instruction, 50 Nifty Activities for Speaking and Listening: for Oral Language and Comprehension and The Literacy Intervention Toolkit, which aligns with DIBELS and fosters engagement during intervention. She consults on issues related to school change, teacher knowledge, and literacy achievement.

Antonio A. Fierro

Antonio A. Fierro

Antonio A. Fierro, Ed.D., is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas, El Paso, and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Dr. Fierro is a nationally recognized trainer, educator, and contributing author to reading programs and professional development modules for teachers. With extensive experience in the field of education, Dr. Fierro has become a highly regarded reading consultant, with a special interest in English language learners and students with reading disabilities. He is a national LETRS instructor, as well as a certified DIBELS trainer. As a kindergarten teacher, Dr. Fierro was recognized as the Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Deborah R. Glase

Deborah R. Glaser

Deborah R. Glaser, Ed.D., received her doctorate in curriculum and instruction with specific focus on reading and school reform from Boise State University. She is now an educational consultant and professional development provider with expertise in reading assessment and instruction. Dr. Glaser served as director of education for the Lee Pesky Learning Center in Boise, Idaho, where she oversaw the development of remedial programs for individuals with dyslexia. She has assisted universities with the development of research-based reading curricula and established training and consultation programs to support the success of state and national reading initiatives. Dr. Glaser was a principal author of Idaho’s Reading Initiative in 1999.

Susan Hall

Susan L. Hall

Susan L. Hall, Ed.D., is founder and president of 95 Percent Group, Inc., an education consulting and professional development company that focuses on early childhood literacy. Much of her current work involves professional development to help teachers learn to use DIBELS data to plan intervention instruction for struggling readers. Dr. Hall is the author of I’ve DIBEL’d, Now What?: Designing Interventions with DIBELS Data. Her earlier works, coauthored with Louisa Moats, include Straight Talk about Reading (Contemporary Books, 1998) and Parenting a Struggling Reader (Random House, 2002). She is also coauthor of LETRS Module 7, Second Edition.

Danielle Thompson

Danielle M. Thompson

Danielle Thompson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, obtained her doctorate in literacy studies with an emphasis in reading disabilities and dyslexia from Middle Tennessee State University and her master’s in speech, language, and hearing sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Thompson has worked with various populations from preschool to high school as a speech language pathologist, reading instructor, coteacher, researcher, professional development provider, and consultant. At present, her research focuses on how morphological awareness and prosodic sensitivity contribute to word reading and text comprehension in multisyllabic words in the upper elementary years. She is also a national LETRS trainer.

Carol Tolman

Carol Tolman

Carol Tolman, Ed.D., is a national educational consultant and reading specialist for several departments of education, districts, and schools. She has an extensive background in the public school system, having worked as a special educator for more than 25 years. It is her passion to pass along information about reading to others so that they may be as empowered as she was in making a difference in the lives of her students. Dr. Tolman is coauthor of LETRS Module 1, Second Edition; author of the LETRS Presenter’s Kits, and coauthor of “Working Smarter, Not Harder: What Teachers of Reading Need to Know and Be Able to Teach” (IDA Perspectives, 2005).

Anne Whitney

Anne Whitney

Anne Whitney, Ed.D., CCC-SLP, is a clinical professor in the Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences Department at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has extensive clinical and teaching expertise in language learning disabilities, particularly dyslexia. Dr. Whitney has taught in K-12 public schools and in numerous universities training graduate students clinically in methods for assessment and intervention of dyslexia and other language learning disabilities. She is coauthor of Games and Activities for Readers and Spellers, Instructional Resource Guide for Teachers, A Coach’s Guide to Teaching Reading Essentials, and SPELL-Links to Reading and Writing-2. She serves on several state literacy committees and is a past member of the Rocky Mountain IDA board of directors.