Welcome to the College Reading and Learning Association
President-Elect and Conference Chair, Laura Symons. A dedicated
professional, Laura not only instructs college students, she is
involved with Legacy International, a highly valuable bridge program
to promote peace between nations. It brings together youths from
many nations to develop an understanding of varied cultures, who
then return to their homelands to share what they have learned.
Congratulations to Nancy Hennessy, President-Elect
of the International Dyslexia Association. Nancy Hennessy, an outstanding
learning professional, is an Educational Consultant, and author.
She has written of one of the monographs of the International Dyslexia
Association in their Orton Emeritus Series, The "K" Book
- "Kids Who Learn Differently: Strategies for Successful Studying",
written with Lois H. Rothschild. It provides an understanding of
how children learn, and how to help them to study more efficiently.
Margaret Rawson was a founder of the Jemicy
School, and the Orton Dyslexia Society, of which she was a
Past President. She authored Dyslexia Over the Lifespan: Adult
Accomplishments of Dyslexic Boys - a 55 Year Longitudinal
Study, Cambridge, MA: Educators Publishing Service, 1955.
The publication brought her national acclaim, and offered
hope to dyslexics and their families.
Her insights remain as pertinent today as then.
In a personal interview, she stated that, "For reason
of choice or necessity, we generally teach people in groups,
but it is as individuals that they learn. Everybody learns.
All humans learn. All animals learn. What and how you learn
is different in every situation."
Another Past President of the International
Dyslexia Association, then the Orton Dyslexia Society, Bill
Ellis, commented that anyone who met Margaret would never
forget the brightness of that encounter. A wonderful friend
and guide, she celebrated 102 years of outstanding achievement.
She is still with us in spirit. She contributed
to the international understanding of students with special
needs, and the foundations she laid in dyslexia research,
practice, and institutions will remain a tribute to her unparalleled