A community embracing students with dyslexia and language learning differences.

Experts on Campus

Setting Up Our Students for Success Requires Considerable Expertise

The Odyssey School fosters a community of learning and expertise in the area of language learning differences by connecting families and faculty to experts in the field who have shared proven methods and strategies.

Every year, The Odyssey School makes a commitment to provide the most current professional development to each and every teacher from a variety of experts from the field of dyslexia education and learning differences.

Many of our experts not only train our teachers, but also provide their expertise to parents and to the outside community. The School provides regular parent education seminars where locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally recognized presenters and specialists share their specialized knowledge. At times, guest speakers and presenters present to our students during assemblies.

Our goal is to enrich families, faculty, and student lives with the most up-to-date information about dyslexia and language learning differences. In addition, we have consultants who regularly present and mentor our faculty to ensure that our faculty continues to be current in best practices.

Dr. Mary Adkins is an Assistant Professor of Education at Goucher College, specializing in special education, self-regulated strategy development and generalization instruction and learning disabilities.

Kenn Apel, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health, is known for his research and expertise in the linguistic underpinnings of reading and spelling, including orthographic and morphological awareness.

Dr. Russell Barkley, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina, is a leading authority in the field of ADHD. Dr. Barkley is a clinical scientist, educator, and author of Taking Charge of ADHD- The 12 Best Principles for Management as well as numerous articles and books.

Kylene Beers is a speaker, presenter and author of When Kids Can’t Read, What Teachers Can Do who frequently presents to elementary, middle and high school teachers providing them comprehension strategies for struggling readers. Ms. Beers is a former President of the National Council of Teachers of English and is currently the Senior Reading Advisor to Secondary Schools for Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University’s Teachers College. www.heinemann.com/authors/1804.aspx

Dr. Michael Bombardier is a licensed Psychologist who currently has a private practice in Towson, MD. He joined the Integrated Health Program at the University of Texas. He worked at the Anxiety Treatment Center of Austin where he treated people of all ages using cognitive behavioral therapy.

Dr. Bob Brooks, Psychologist, professor at The Harvard Medical School and author is noted for his expertise on motivation, resilience, and self-esteem in children and adolescents. He has received numerous awards for his work. www.drrobertbrooks.com

Kimberly Carraway, educational consultant and Director of The Carraway Center for Teaching and Learning in Nashville, Tennessee, is a specialist in brain-based teaching and learning strategies. www.carrawaycenter.com

Sister Mary Gilchrist Cottrill, CE trains teachers in executive function strategies to use in the classroom. She has developed 3 schools for children with special learning needs and currently directs one of them, the Ave Maria Preparatory School in Bradenton, FL.

Dr. Vincent P. Culotta is a practicing neuropsychologist, Director of NeuroBehavioral Associates, and frequent speaker, providing consultation to children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Dyslexia, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Culotta is co-author of the book School Success for Kids with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. www.nbatests.com

Dr. Martha Denckla, Director of Developmental Cognitive Neurology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, is a research scientist, author of over one hundred scientific research papers, and Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Angela Duckworth is a psychologist whose studies are clarifying the role that intellectual strengths and personality traits play in educational achievement. She taught math and science at the high school level prior to joining the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, where she is currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychology. - See more at: http://www.macfound.org/fellows/889/#sthash.yFpUFY...

Dr. Guinevere Eden, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Georgetown University, speaker and author, is an expert on reading, learning and the brain. http://csl.georgetown.edu/members/faculty/EdenG.ht...

Sue Finkelstein, a Developmental Specialist and Play Therapist who holds a practice helping children develop social skills training and effective communication both in the home and school environments.

David Flink, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Eye to Eye and the author of Thinking Differently: An Inspiring Guide for Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities.

Dr. John Gabrieli, is Co-Director of the MIT Clinical Research Center and Director of the Martinos Imaging Center at the McGovern Institute and holds faculty appointments in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Science and Technology at MIT. He is an expert on the brain mechanisms of human cognition, including memory, thought and emotion. His work includes neuroimaging studies on adults and children with different brain disorders including schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimer's disease and dyslexia.

Dr. Edward Hallowell, November 14, 2012, author and speaker on various psychological topics, including problems with attention, focus, stress and worry. His national best sellers, Driven to Distraction (Pantheon, 1994) and Answers to Distraction (Pantheon, 1995), discuss attention deficit disorder in children and in adults. He also created The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health. The Center treats individuals with ADHD/ADD, anxiety, dyslexia, memory dysfunction and other conditions. www.drhallowell.com

Courtney Pierce Keeton specializes in the treatment of childhood anxiety and selective mutism, with an interest in interventions research. A graduate of Duke University in 1999, she received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts. Following a clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center, she joined Johns Hopkins as a post-doctoral fellow, completing the program in 2006.

Beth Kobett, Assistant Professor of Education at Stevenson University, math specialist and consultant, and a national presenter who has repeatedly presented at the NCTM conference, has taught from elementary to the graduate level. www.stevenson.edu

Rick Lavoie, is a consultant, author, expert and lecturer on learning differences. He has presented at numerous universities, agencies and organizations including Harvard, Georgetown, National Center for Learning Disabilities, Council for Exceptional Children and Children with Attention Deficit Disorder. He is the 2009 recipient of the Learning Disabilities Associations of America’s Samuel Kirk award. www.ricklavoie.com

Dr. Janice Lepore is a Maryland Licensed Psychologist with a broad background providing assessment, therapy and consultation services in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, hospitals, and clinics. Her practice includes a focus on identifying areas of strength as well as areas of need, working collaboratively with families, schools, and other professionals, and developing realistic and individualized recommendations that translate easily to real-world settings. http://janiceleporepsyd.com/_/Home.html

Dr. Gail Liss, Speech Language Pathologist and Psychology Associate, has been in the education field for over 40 years. In addition to testing and acting as a case manager between families, schools, and other service providers, she serves on the board of the Hearing and Speech Agency of Baltimore.

Dr. E. Mark Mahone, Child Neuropsychologist, Research Assistant, Associate Professor and Associate Director of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, is a leader in the research on the relationship between brain development and childhood disorders, including ADHD, dyslexia, movement disorders, sleep apnea, and prenatal alcohol exposure. www.kennedykrieger.org

Dr. Brad Piergrossi is a licensed psychologist who currently has a private practice in Towson, MD. He works with individuals, couples, and families, and facilitates Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction classes. He is the founder and director of Mind-Body-Health Associates. He has developed and facilitated on-going mindfulness stress management programs for universities and clinics.

Robert J. Probst is a Professor of English at Georgia State University and is the author of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise in to Practice. Professor Probst is a respected authority who focuses on reading instruction, and on engagement and literary analysis to help teachers assist struggling readers. www.heinemann.com/authors/56.aspx

Dr. John Ratey, Clinical Psychiatrist, Associate Professor at The Harvard Medical School, international speaker and author, is an authority on attentional issues and the impact of exercise on mood, body, and brain. His latest book is Spark. www.johnratey.com

Deborah Roffman, nationally certified Sexuality and Family Life Educator, provides training and consultation on human sexuality curriculum to faculty and parents throughout the United States. Her articles and commentary appear in numerous publications. www.sexandsensibility.net

Dr. Karin Sandmel is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Johns Hopkins University, School of Education. She is an expert on writing strategies and Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD). Dr. Sandmel travels nationally to present on SRSD and writing strategies. http://education.jhu.edu/faculty/faculty_and_staff...

Dr. Jerome Schultz is a clinical neuropsychologist and is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School in the Department of Psychiatry. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children and young adults with learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and other special needs. In addition to his clinical and educational work, Dr. Schultz serves as an international consultant on issues related to the neuropsychology and appropriate education of children and young adults with special needs. http://www.jeromeschultz.com/

Dr. Bonnie Singer, Speech Language Pathologist, is an expert in language, literacy, and executive function and the co-author of EmPOWER, a Strategic Approach to Teaching Expository Writing. www.architectsforlearning.com

Dr. William Stixrud, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at George Washington School of Medicine, author and lecturer is an authority on brain based learning, motivation, ADHD, and the effects of stress and sleep deprivation on the brain. www.stixrud.com

Dr. Eric Tridas, President of the International Dyslexia Association, Director and Pediatrician of the The Tridas Center for Child Development and Clinical Assistant Professor in Family Practice at the University of South Florida School of Medicine, is a specialist in the diagnosis and management of developmental, behavioral and learning disabilities. He is an expert on executive function and has presented across the nation on this topic. www.thetridascenter.com

Dr. Jan Wasowicz, is the founder, president and CEO of Learning By Design’s SPELL/SPELL-Links products and services that provide teachers, parents, and students with a complete, research-based solution for improving word study skill. www.learningbydesign.com

Dr. Judy Willis, a board-certified neurologist in Santa Barbara, California, has combined her 15 years as a practicing adult and child neurologist with her teacher education training and years of classroom experience. Dr. Willis travels nationally and internationally giving presentations, workshops, and consulting while continuing to write books for parents and educators. She is an authority in the field of learning-centered brain research and classroom strategies derived from this research. http://www.radteach.com/

Rick Wormeli, national educational consultant, author and international speaker was one of the first National Board Certified Teachers in America. Mr. Wormeli’s work in differentiated instruction in the classroom is used all over the world. www.nmsa.org

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