Supporting Every Child’s Right to Read

The Role of Assessment with Tina Eichstadt and Lou Ellen Marlatt

Join Dr. Kathryn Garforth and Tina Eichstadt and Lou Ellen Marlatt from Pearson Canada Assessment as they speak about the #RightToRead and the role of assessment in the science of reading.
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

Lou Ellen brings 16 years of classroom instruction, intervention, instructional coaching, and MTSS/RTI lens to her role at Pearson Clinical Assessment, based on the many adventures afforded life as a military spouse from DoDEA in Germany to New Jersey and Philly, St. Louis, and Florida. Getting her start with Pearson in the Training Department in 2019, Lou Ellen now serves districts in the southeast as an Assessment Consultant for Classroom Assessments. 

Lou Ellen has a BS in Education from Valdosta State University and MS in Education with a concentration on Reading and Literacy from Walden University.  

Tina Eichstadt is a speech-language pathologist (SLP) and senior product manager for Pearson Clinical Assessment. She currently leads product-level strategy and execution, represents professional and market needs internally, and manages a portfolio of products related to achievement, including dyslexia. Tina worked clinically as an SLP at Luther Midelfort Mayo Health System in acute, subacute, and outpatient roles serving children, adults, and their families with a wide range of cognitive, communicative, and swallowing challenges. Her past publishing experience includes sales, marketing, print-based development, and software development roles at Thinking Publications and AGS Publishing. She is a past president of the Wisconsin Speech-Language-Hearing Association. As a mom of four children ages 8-15, Tina volunteers at her children’s school as an SLP each week, offering assessment and intervention services across multiple grades.

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