Literacy is essential to an individual’s ability to communicate, express themselves, and engage with the world around them. Lexia believes that everyone has a right to literacy, and that as educators, we have an obligation to deliver. Every student deserves to be taught literacy in a way that works for them, no matter who they are, where they live, what level they are at, and what learning challenges they face. Every teacher deserves the support they need to teach literacy confidently and effectively.
As a nonprofit organization, we are driven to support the Science of Reading knowledge and practices of Washington’s teachers, principals, directors, and superintendents. We offer continuous professional learning and community-building experiences to ensure Washington scholars receive literacy instruction grounded in evidence-based research.
Timothy Shanahan, Ph.D., is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he was Founding Director of the UIC Center for Literacy. Previously, he was director of reading for the Chicago Public Schools. He is author/editor of more than 200 publications on literacy education. His research emphasizes the connections between reading and writing, literacy in the disciplines, and improvement of reading achievement.
Tim is past president of the International Literacy Association. He served as a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and he helped lead the National Reading Panel, convened at the request of Congress to evaluate research on the teaching reading, a major influence on reading education. He chaired two other federal research review panels: the National Literacy Panel for Language Minority Children and Youth, and the National Early Literacy Panel, and helped write the Common Core State Standards.
He was inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007, and is a former first-grade teacher.