Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM CDT
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International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch 

2020 Members of the Higher Education Literacy Partnership of Minnesota (HELP)

  • Rachel Berger, Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota
  • Eva Boehm, MA, University of Minnesota
  • Sarah Carlson-Wallrath, International Dyslexia Assn
  • Erin Gillett, PhD, MN State University Moorhead
  • Marci Glessner, PhD, MN State University Moorhead
  • Lori Helman, PhD, University of Minnesota
  • Lisa Krall, PhD, Bemidji State University
  • David Parker, PhD Reading Corps
  • Abbey Payeur, MA, Bethel University
  • Debra Peterson, PhD, University of Minnesota
  • Joan Sax-Bendix, PhD, WInona State University
  • Amy Schulting, PhD, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Christine Stern, June Stern Family Foundation
  • Leo Stern, JD, June Stern Family Foundation
  • Susan Thomson, Reading Corps

Thank you, Dean's Office, U of M CEHD

A generous donation from the Dean's Office, University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development Guy Bond Reading Chair Fund, has provided free e-books to 2020 Book Club participants. The free books are gone, but registration is still open for book clubs. See the HELP page for more details.





WEBINAR: HELP Book Discussion with Dr. Mark Seidenberg author of "Language at the Speed of Sight"

Join us for an hour-long conversation with Dr. Seidenberg about his book, "Language at the Speed of Sight."  This  online opportunity is for 2020 Higher Education book club participants as well as other teachers, teachers in training, professors of higher education, and parents.  

If you wish to submit a question in advance, please do so online here.

Praise for the Book

"Cognitive neuroscientist Seidenberg digs deep into the science of reading to reveal the ways human beings learn how to read and process language.... Seidenberg's analysis is backed up by numerous studies and tables of data. His approach is pragmatic, myth-destroying and rooted in science—and his writing makes for powerful reading." Publishers Weekly

"If every educator, parent, and policy maker would read and heed the content of this book, the rates of functional illiteracy, with all their destructive sequelae, would be significantly reduced." Maryanne Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid

"Every teacher of young children as well as those who train them should read this book." Wall Street Journal

Event Details

Where: This is a FREE online event.

When: Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 4-5pm.

The event will be recorded and available online after.

No continuing education credits will be issued.

About the Speaker: Dr. Mark Seidenberg

Dr. Mark Seidenberg is Vilas Research Professor and Donald O. Hebb Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an internationally renowned cognitive scientist/neuroscientist/psycholinguist who has studied language, reading, and dyslexia for more than 30 years.


What is the Higher Education Literacy Partnership?

Launched in 2012, HELP is a volunteer planning committee and supported by the enthusiasm and generosity of the following organizational partners: Minnesota Academy of Reading/Minnesota Reading Association; University of Minnesota Center for Reading Research; Minnesota Department of Education; Minnesota Reading Corps/Serve Minnesota; International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch; Decoding Dyslexia Minnesota;and The June Stern Family Foundation for Children with Dyslexia.

HELP's mission is to improve the reading and writing proficiencies of all Minnesota students, including those with dyslexia and other reading difficulties.

You can visit HELP's website here.


For those with qualifying physical print disabilities, Language at the Speed of Sight is available as a human-voiced audiobook through the National Library Service here.

Application materials for free National Library Services available here