Supporting Every Child’s Right to Read

The Compass School’s Literacy Journey

Dr. Kathryn Garforth and Heather Ballantine from Root Literacy Design discussed the The Compass School’s Literacy Journey.

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Dr. Kathryn Garforth, Ph.D.
Founder of Garforth Education and The Right To Read Initiative. 
Garforth Education provides online courses and professional development for educators. Garforth Education provides support to families of neurodiverse individuals. Dr. Garforth helps them understand the diagnosis and needs of their child.


Dr. Kathryn Garforth is passionate about every child's #RightToRead. As a dyslexic and the parent of a dyslexic she has a personal connection to the struggles students face. Her teacher training program did not provide the training to teach children like her how to read.  She's determined to spread awareness about best practices for teaching reading.


Twitter: @GarforthEduc

Heather Ballantine
Founder of Root Literacy Design LLC

Heather is a literacy specialist with over 10 years of experience as a teacher, consultant, adjunct professor, literacy coach, and reading specialist in K-16 settings. She earned a master’s degree in Literacy Education from Roger Williams University, is a certified reading specialist in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and is currently enrolled in Orton-Gillingham training.

Recognizing that teachers have the greatest impact upon student achievement, Heather and Deirdre Tarpey founded Root Literacy Design to help educators implement evidence-based literacy practices within their own setting. Their mission is to empower teachers and build sustainable structures within schools so ALL students become strong readers and writers.

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