Our Team

We are educators who offer professional learning on evidence-based practices for teaching writing, and academics researching these. thinkSRSD’s team offered the 1st ever open-enrollment professional learning on SRSD in 2008 for the NYC DOE, and at Bank Street College. We then began offering online SRSD courses in 2011, and now excel at blended learning. Working in schools throughout the nation daily, we regularly update how we integrate SRSD with the latest advances in our field so we can customize the support we offer.

Pooja Patel

Pooja Patel

Teacher, United Nations School & Teachers College, Columbia University, NY

Dr. Karen Harris

Dr. Karen Harris

Professor, Arizona State University, AZ

Dr. Steve Graham

Dr. Steve Graham

Professor, Arizona State University, AZ

Amanda Rhea

Amanda Rhea

Teacher, United Nations School, NY

Jen Traverso

Jen Traverso

Literacy Coordinator, Westford, MA

Dr. Leslie Laud

Dr. Leslie Laud

Instructor, Bank Street College of Education, NY

Jules Csillag

Jules Csillag

Speech & Language Pathologist, NYU, NY

Amy Thomas

Amy Thomas

Literacy Coordinator, Jefferson County, CO

Dr. Joyce King-McIver

Dr. Joyce King-McIver

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Dr. Jaime Greene & Dr. Derek Voiles

Dr. Jaime Greene & Dr. Derek Voiles

Assistant Principal & Teacher, Hamblen County, TN

Heidi Zollman

Heidi Zollman

Literacy Coordinator, Rochester, NH

Dr. Karyn Saxon

Dr. Karyn Saxon

Curriculum Director, Wayland, MA

Our Story

thinkSRSD began in the classroom and continues to focus on the classroom

Beginnings

2006-2010: Dr. Leslie Laud & Pooja Patel use SRSD in their classrooms, then lead 1st ever open enrollment courses on SRSD, publish & secure SRSD research grants.

Run SRSD courses for NYC DOE, NYBIDA and Bank Street College. Begin presenting on SRSD at schools in NYC, Teachers College and national conferences (CEC).

Launch

2011-2013: Dr. Leslie Laud & Pooja Patel begin partnering widely to mentor organizations (Hill for Literacy, Everyone Reading, Wayland Literacy Institute) to support growing SRSD more widely.

Dr. Laud offers first ever online SRSD course via Bank Street College, & Pooja Patel begins presenting SRSD in France & UK.

Current Work

thinkSRSD (2014-now), expands to include a full team of course leaders & mentors. We mentor thousands of teachers, dozens of schools &  several organizations in learning about and disseminating SRSD. 

We collect data on growth in schools using blended model vs entirely eLearning to track gains from each model.

Additional Experts Who Advise Us

 Ms. Barbara Friedlander

Assistant to the Associate Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland

 Dr. Sharlene Kiuhara

Assistant Professor of Special Education, University of Utah

 Dr. Charles Haynes

Professor, MGH Institute of Health Professions

 Dr. Stephen Ciullo

Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Texas State University

 Dr. Kristie Asaro-Saddler

Associate Professor & Division Director for Special Education, University of Albany

Dr. Michael Herbert

Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln

 Dr. Gary Troia

Associate Professor of Special Education at Michigan State University

 Dr. Leslie Rogers

Assistant Professor of Special Education at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse

About Us

 

thinkSRSD is the community of teachers and researchers who use and study SRSD. We offer SRSD in-person professional development and e-learning courses taught by teachers with decades of experience using SRSD. The teachers at thinkSRSD have taught SRSD courses for over 10 years, since offering the very first open-enrollement course in SRSD in 2008.

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