2012 Conference Speaker Highlights

Blanche Podhajski, Ph.D.Tuesday, March 13, 2012 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Blanche Podhajski, Ph.D.

President & Founder, Stern Center for Language and Learning, Williston, VT
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology
University of Vermont College of Medicine

Blanche Podhajski founded the Stern Center for Language and Learning which offers direct services for individuals, training for educators, and research on learning differences. She has over thirty years experience working with individuals with learning differences and teaches and consults with educators throughout the country.

Her publications include a chapter on adult literacy titled “Professional Development in Learning Disabilities for Adult Literacy Providers,” published in S. Vogel and S. Reder’s Bridging the Gap: Learning Disabilities, Adult Education and Literacy (Brookes Publishing Company ,1998).  She is the coauthor of  “What Preservice and Inservice Teachers Believe and Know About Early Reading Instruction” published in the Annals of Dyslexia and Sounds Abound, Teaching Phonological Awareness in the Classroom (LingiSystems, 1998).

Andrés Henríquez

Monday, March 12, 2012 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Andrés Henríquez

Program Officer; Urban Education, National Program
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Under his direction, the Carnegie Corp. has produced a series of landmark reports on adolescent literacy, including: Time To Act: An Agenda for Advancing Adolescent Literacy for College and Career Success (Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2009), Writing Next (Carnegie, 2007) and Reading Next (Carnegie, 2004).

Prior to joining the Carnegie Corporation, Mr. Henríquez served as the Assistant Director for Strategic Planning, Center for Children and Technology (CCT) at the New York offices of the Education Development Center, Inc. He is a certified teacher and taught for five years at a public elementary school in East Harlem.

Margie Gillis, Ed.D.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 10:30AM – 12:30PM

Margie Gillis, Ed.D.

President, Literacy How
Project Director, Haskins Literacy Initiative
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Margie Gillis has been teaching children of all ages to read for over 30 years. She was a special educator in public and private schools for 15 years and is an Academic Language Therapist. At Haskins Literacy Initiative, Dr. Gillis promotes the science of teaching reading through professional development and classroom support for teachers.

Building on the work done at Haskins, Dr. Gillis’s company Literacy How specializes in applying reading research to successful classroom practice by providing educators and administrators from pre-service to higher education, with comprehensive, research-based professional development in literacy.