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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. "
"How the Brain Learns to Read is a comprehensive, teacher-friendly book. 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. "
"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 read. "
Dr. David A. Sousa is an international consultant in educational neuroscience and author of 15 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 Bridgewater State University, 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 most popular books for educators, all published by Corwin Press, include: How the Brain Learns, fourth 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 Learning Forward (formerly NSCD). 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 Bridgewater (Massachusetts) State University, 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.
About the Author
The Bad News and the Good News
About This Book
Assessing Your Current Knowledge of Reading
1. Learning Spoken Language
Spoken Language Comes Naturally
Structure of Language
Levels of Language Comprehension
2. Learning to Read
Reading is Not a Natural Ability
Early Stages of Reading
How Memory Affects Learning to Read
What Do Brain Scans Reveal About Reading?
Models of Reading Pathways
The Importance of Practice
3. Teaching Reading
Brief History of Teaching Reading
Brain Research and Learning a Skill
Modern Methods of Teaching Reading
Research Findings on Reading Instruction - Decoding
Research Findings on Reading Instruction - Comprehension
4. Recognizing Reading Problems
The Reading Gap
Inadequate Reading Instruction
Social and Cultural Causes of Reading Problems
Physical Causes of Reading Problems
Brain Imaging Studies
Detecting Reading Problems
5. Overcoming Reading Problems
Some Considerations for Teachers of Students With Reading Problems
Basic Ingredients of Early Intervention Programs
Programs for Older Students
Rewiring the Brains of Struggling Readers
Reading Problems and Taking Tests
Advice to Students With Reading Problems
Advice to Parents of Children With Reading Problems
6. Reading in the Content Areas
Strategies for Helping Students Read Content Material
Sequencing the Reading Strategies
Graphic Organizers and Comprehension of Content Area Reading
Reading Patterns in Content Areas
7. Putting It All Together
The Basics of a Successful Reading Program