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Talking about Teaching Orthography

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Dyslexia Talk

Dyslexia Talk


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If you ever uttered the words, "English is crazy," then tune and hear Gina Cooke not only dispell that myth, but she will also captivate you with you limitless knowledge about English Orthography. She will also explain why we should teach our kids with dyslexia about the real structure of our langauge.

Gina Cooke is a Ph.D. Candidate in English Studies at Illinois State University and the principal of LEX: Linguist~Educator Exchange, dedicated to bringing language science to the language arts. Cooke received her Master's degree in linguistics from the University of Chicago, where she was a Century Fellow, and she studied literature, languages, and logic at Smith College for her Bachelor's degree. As a linguist in education, she has taught students about language from preschool to grad school, and has consulted in a variety of professional capacities with language, literacy, and educational organizations. Cooke was the founding director of the Children's Dyslexia Center of Peoria; she has trained and certified hundreds of teachers in a nationally accredited structured language education program and has supervised the instruction of hundreds of students receiving free, state-­-of-­-the-­-art clinical interventions. Her research has been presented at state and national conferences, and she has published several manuscripts for the International Dyslexia Association and served on the editorial team for two national academic journals. Her popular TED-­-Ed videos about how English words work have received hundreds of thousands of hits and have been flipped into classroom lessons in the

U.S. and abroad. Her live and online courses welcome participants from all over the globe, and her deep understanding of English is transforming the field of structured language education in the U.S.