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  • UCLA Carnesale Commons 251 Charles E. Young Drive West Los Angeles, CA 90095 USA (map)



Louisa Moats, Ed.D. 

Dr. Louisa Cook Moats, Ed.D., spent four years between 1997 and 2001 directing the NICHD Early Reading Interventions Project in Washington, DC. Her interest in spelling began while she was a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has taught teachers at the Greenwood Institute in Vermont and Simmons College in Boston. Dr. Moats has also been a teacher, school psychologist, and licensed psychologist in private practice. She worked on the California Reading Initiative from 1996-1997 as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Sacramento County Office of Education. Her research interests include the language knowledge of teachers, spelling development and instruction, and the implementation of schoolwide interventions for improving literacy.          

Dr. Moats is known for her many publications on reading instruction, the professional development of teachers, and the relationship between language, reading, and spelling. Books include Spelling: Development, Disability and Instruction (York Press), Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers(Brookes), Parenting a Struggling Reader (with Susan L. Hall, Broadway Books), and LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (Sopris West).


Understanding Dyslexia Myths and Realities

As neurobiological, genetic, cognitive, and educational research concerning reading disabilities accumulates, scientific evidence clearly diverges from some widely held beliefs about dyslexia. To remain credible, we as professionals, parents, and advocates must be willing to adapt our views. In this session, we will examine some prevalent myths about dyslexia and propose ways to reconcile them with reality. 

Scholarships available for Language and Learning 2015! Application deadline is April 15th so apply now. Limited quantity available. 

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Earlier Event: February 21
Study Group
Later Event: September 27
Great Minds Don’t Think Alike