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As a media person who really cares about children and reports on parenting and education issues,  I thought you would find the following information interesting and useful:

“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

The Children of the Code Project (COTC), in cooperation with the National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), is offering free, education seminars to communities around the country. ‘The Code and the Challenge of Learning to Read It’, is a three-hour learning odyssey intended to help educators, parents, and all who care for children develop a deeper first-person understanding of the process of learning to read. Now in its second year, the seminar has been held in over 20 cities around the nation and has received great reviews. Most of the costs are underwritten by contributions to NCFL.Attendance is free at the events. (News release on relationship:

Featuring clips from over one hundred 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

“Like most scholars, until awakened by the “Children of the Code” project, I took reading as much for granted as eating and drinking. Very few of us have paid sufficient attention to the specific emotions triggered in children as they begin to read. “Children of the Code” merits the serious attention of anyone interested in emotional health of children or the future of America.” –   Donald L. Nathanson, M.D. Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College, Author: Shame and Pride and Knowing Feeling

Including clips from interviews* with:

Russ Whitehurst
Asst. Secretary, U.S. Dept of Education and Director, Institute of Education Sciences

Reid Lyon
ExBranch Chief, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Louisa Moats
Reading Scientist, Sopris West Author – Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling

Paula Tallal
Chair of Neuroscience Rutgers, Co-Founder,  Scientific Learning Inc.  

Nancy Hennessy|
President, International Dyslexia Association

Sharon Darling
President, National Center for Family Literacy

Mariyln Jager Adams
Senior ScientistSoliloquy Learning

Thomas Cable
Professor of English, Co-Author – A History of the English Language

Edward Kame’enui
Commissioner for Special Education Research, U.S. Department of Education; Director, Institute for the Development of Educational Achievement (IDEA), University of Oregon

 Richard Venezky
Author – The American Way of
The Structure and Origins of American English Orthography –  Unidel Professor of Educational Studies and professor of Computer, Information Sciences, and Linguistics at the University of Delaware.

Donald L. Nathanson
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human
Behavior at Jefferson Medical College,
Author –  Shame and Pride and Knowing Feeling

John H. Fisher
Medieval Language Historian, Author – The Emergence of Standard English

Sarah Greene
Executive Director,  National Head Start Association

and many others…

Tim Shanahan
Chair, National Early Literacy Panel Member
of National Reading Panel 

Chris Doherty
Director Reading 1st,  U.S. Dept of Ed.

James Wendorf
Executive Director, National Center for Learning

Richard Allington
Reading Researcher; President,  International Reading

Terrence Deacon
Cognitive Anthropologist, Author
– The Symbolic Species:
The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain

Robert Wedgeworth|
President,  ProLiteracy

Robert Sweet
Professional Staff, U.S. House of
Representatives – Co-Founder, National Right
to Read Foundation

Peter E. Leone
Director, National Center on
Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justic

“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 TallalChair of Neuroscience, Rutgers University

“This project is very impressive. I think it’s wonderful and I think it’s going to be great because you’re hitting it from so many different angles.” – Dr. Sylvia Richardson, Past-President, International Dyslexia Association

Please take a few moments to understand the 
importance of this project: please click here

If you are interested in doing a story on the project, additional media support resources can be found at:

* 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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