How the Brain Learns to Read

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David A. Sousa
SAGE Publications, 2005 - Education - 246 pages
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`How the Brain Learns to Read makes the important connections between reading and brain research accessible for teachers and parents. It is definitely a book that I will recommend to teachers and my undergraduate and graduate students' - Diane Barone, Professor of Literary Studies, University of Nevada, Reno

`David Sousa has hit a home run with How the Brain Learns to Read, giving us a specific application of brain research that takes us from generalizing about how the brain learns to how the brain learns to read' - Robin Fogarty, Educational Consultant, Robin Fogarty & Associates Ltd

`How the Brain Learns to Read is a comprehensive, teacher-friendly book. David A Sousa not only clarifies the complex act of reading, he provides practical 'use-tomorrow' strategies and guidelines for designing a successful reading program. This book makes a significant contribution to the field. I highly recommend it' - Pat Wolfe, Author, Building the Reading Brain, PreK-3 (Corwin Press, June 2004)

This new book from David A Sousa examines source material on brain research and provide K-12 classroom reading strategies for teachers based on the most current findings. There are five core chapters - on what the research tells us, understanding language acquisition, instructional strategies, identifying reading problems, and strategies for resolving reading problems. The book features a glossary of terms and will integrate all brain diagrams throughout the book, where discussed in relation language acquisitions and strategies. The language acquisition material focuses on early years through primary, while the strategies will cover all levels.

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About the author (2005)

Dr. David A. Sousais an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of seven books that suggest ways that educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies for improving learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the Pre-K to 12 and university levels. He has made presentations to more than 100,000 educators at national conventions of educational organizations and to regional and local school districts across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.

Dr. Sousa has a bachelor‚s degree in chemistry from Massachusetts State College at Bridgewater, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. His teaching experience covers all levels. He has taught senior high school science, served as a K-12 director of science, a supervisor of instruction, and a district superintendent in New Jersey schools. He has been an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University.

Prior to his career in New Jersey, Dr. Sousa taught at the American School of Paris (France), and served for five years as a Foreign Service Officer and science advisor at the USA diplomatic missions in Geneva (Switzerland) and Vienna (Austria).

Dr. Sousa has edited science books and published dozens of articles in leading journals on staff development, science education, and educational research. His seven popular books for educators, all published by Corwin Press, include: How the Brain Learns, third edition; How the Special Needs Brain Learns, second edition; How the Gifted Brain Learns; How the Brain Learns to Read; How the Brain Influences Behavior; and How the Brain Learns Mathematics, which was selected by the Independent Publishers‚ Association as one of the best professional development books of 2008. The Leadership Brain, suggests ways for educators to lead today‚s schools more effectively. His books have been published in French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and several other languages.

Dr. Sousa is past president of the National Staff Development Council. He has received numerous awards from professional associations, school districts, and educational foundations for his commitment to research, staff development, and science education. He recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award and an honorary doctorate from Massachusetts State College (Bridgewater), and an honorary doctorate from Gratz College in Philadelphia.

Dr. Sousa has been interviewed by Matt Lauer on the NBC Today Show and by National Public Radio about his work with schools using brain research. He makes his home in south Florida.

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