Stern Center for Language & Learning hosts Mark Seidenberg, Oct 10

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Williston, VT – The Stern Center for Language and Learning announces that Dr. Mark Seidenberg will be the guest speaker at its 36th Annual Meeting at 8 a.m. on October 10, 2019, at the Holy Family Parish Center in Essex Junction.

Dr. Seidenberg gained international recognition after the publication of “Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It” (2017, Basic Books), in which he calls for changes in the way literacy is taught to children. Seidenberg was the catalyst for the Stern Center’s professional learning initiative for educators, Lead to Read, which combines a comprehensive online course in reading for educators with transformational coaching to improve student outcomes. Since 2018, more than 100 Vermont educators have participated in the multi-year project, yielding positive results in children’s literacy skills.

Seidenberg is the Vilas Research Professor and Donald O. Hebb Professor in the department of psychology at the University of Wisconsin. He is a cognitive scientist/neuroscientist/psycholinguist who has devoted his career to studying language, reading and dyslexia. He earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University and conducted postdoctoral research at the Center for the Study of Reading. His academic appointments include McGill University and the University of Southern California, where he taught psychology, linguistics, and neuroscience. Since 2001 he has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he runs the Language and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab with Maryellen MacDonald, Ph.D.

The October 10 event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to rsvp via email to

The Stern Center for Language and Learning is a nonprofit educational resource in Williston, VT, dedicated to enriching the lives of learners. For 35 years the organization has recognized that all great minds don’t think alike, and its staff helps children and adults reach their academic, social and professional goals. The Stern Center provides research-based learning evaluations and customized instruction, including those with learning disabilities, dyslexia, language disorders, social learning challenges, autism, attention deficit disorders and learning differences. Its staff also designs and delivers customized professional learning programs and systems change using current research and trends in education.  Through the Cynthia K. Hoehl Institute, the Stern Center works with schools and individual educators in early literacy, oral language, reading, written language, social cognition, executive functioning and math. Courses are offered live and online. Scholarships are available. More information is at

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 8:00am