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Professional Development

Who we are

Stephanie Gottwald, Ph.D.
Stephanie is the Assistant Director of the Center
for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University. She is the author or coauthor of articles on reading intervention and reading impairments and the upcoming book What Does it Mean to be a Reader? She is a linguist specializing in the interaction between the acquisition of spoken and written languages, she received her doctorate in literacy and language development from Tufts University and was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany. Stephanie is a member of the Global Literacy Project, which seeks to develop a global, open platform solution to support child-driven learning across multiple domains of knowledge, and teaches university coursework on reading, dyslexia, and the brain and the use of technology in literacy instruction.

Melissa Orkin, Ph.D.
Melissa Orkin, Ph.D. is a Program Director at the Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, where she received her Doctorate in Child Development. Dr. Orkin trained in the assessment and remediation of reading and learning disabilities with Dr. Maryanne Wolf and has served as a reading teacher in the classroom, and in clinical settings. Melissa has conducted extensive research on how motivational practices can be integrated into remedial reading instruction to foster self-regulation and reduce avoidance behaviors, and provides professional development trainings for administrators, teachers and psychologists on best practices. Dr. Orkin has instructed on Reading Disabilities at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, contributed to publications on a variety of educational topics including literacy development and executive function skills, and regularly presents at annual professional meetings in the fields of reading disorders, education, and child development.