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Parents, teachers of all grades and subjects, reading and language professionals, child psychologists and counselors, librarians, literacy volunteers, child advocates, and anyone interested in enriching their understanding of reading or learning…

The Children of the Code Project in cooperation with the National Center for Family Literacy 


“The Code and the Challenge of Learning to Read it”

“There is a profound reading crisis in the United States. 39%, almost 40%, of fourth graders do not read even at the basic level and a majority of students do not read at the proficient level.”  – James Wendorf, Executive Director, National Center for Learning Disabilities

“This program and the kind of effort that you’re doing seems to be just perfect. When I saw your list of the people you have already interviewed or were set to interview it was, of course, the Who’s Who of the whole field.” – Chris Doherty, National Program Director, Reading First Program, U.S. Department of Education

Featuring clips from over fifty in-depth interviews taped for the Children of the Code Project and Television Documentary Series, “The Code and the Challenge of Learning to Read it” is a ‘live’, exciting and perspective-shifting learning experience designed to help teachers, parents, literacy volunteers, counselors, justice workers and all who care for children develop a deeper understanding of the mental and emotional challenges involved in learning to read. 

“Our most compelling crisis and challenge in education is addressing the epidemic of illiteracy. Toward that end, I ask your consideration of this compelling proposal.” – Senator John Vasconcellos, Chair, California Senate Education Committee

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Including clips from interviews* with:

Russ Whitehurst,Asst. Secretary, U.S. Dept of Education and Director,Institute of Education Sciences
Edward Kame’enui, 
Commissioner for Special Education Research, U.S. Department of Education
Tim Shanahan, Chair, National Early Literacy Panel, Member of National Reading Panel (NRP)
James Wendorf,Executive Director, National Center for Learning Disabilities
Richard Allignton, President, International Reading Association
Nancy Hennessy, President, International Dyslexia Association
Reid Lyon, Ex-Branch Chief, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Chris Doherty, Director Reading 1st, U.S. Dept of Ed.
Sharon Darling, Founder and President of the National Center for Family Literacy
Robert Wedgeworth, President, ProLiteracy
Mariyln Jager Adams, Senior Scientist, Soliloquy Learning
Sandra Feldman,Past President, American Federation of Teachers
Sarah Greene, Executive Director, National Head Start Association
Paula Tallal, Board of Governors Professor of Neuroscience Rutgers, Co-Founder, Scientific Learning Inc.
Thomas Cable, Professor of English, Co-Author – A History of the English Language
John H. Fisher, Medieval Language Historian, Author – The Emergence of Standard English
Richard Venezky, Orthographist, U. Delaware
Robert Sweet, Professional Staff, U.S. House of Representatives – Co-Founder, National Right to Read Foundation 

“What really attracted me to your project was its originality and breadth. I really like that you have assembled such a diverse group of experts in a variety of areas pertaining to reading. What I think is really important for the public to understand is the magnitude of the numbers of individuals (not just dyslexics) who struggle to learn to read, and the impact this has both on the individuals affected, as well as on society.”- Dr. Paula Tallal, Chair of Neuroscience, Rutgers University

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We hope to see you at a Seminar.

Please forward this message to everyone you know who cares about children.

Thank you

*Note about interviews: Participation in a Children of the Code interview does not constitute or imply an endorsement of the Children of the Code project or documentary by the interviewee. Conversely, publishing an interview does not constitute or imply an endorsement of the views of the interviewee, other than as stated in the actual interview, by the Children of the Code project or documentary. 

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