ABOUT US

Our mission is to empower educators to engage students in order to impact communities.

Empowering Educators

  • By providing professional development that builds the pedagogy of leaders and

  • By creating a systematic approach to data-driven instruction

  • By collaborating with leaders and teachers to develop a team approach in response-to-intervention (RtI)

Implementing Best Practices

  • By training teachers in effective instruction in the 90-minute reading block

  • By facilitating an effective delivery of tiered intervention instruction

  • By maximizing existing resources to be successful in literacy

  • By equipping teachers with evidence-based classroom management techniques

  • By continuing to educate teachers in brain-based research of “what works” in the classroom

  • By promoting multisensory strategies that achieve high student engagement

Impacting communities

  • By assisting schools in partnering with community leaders and volunteers

  • By educating parents in literacy activities to build awareness of the importance of reading at home

  • By engaging students to become productive citizens who will be future leaders in their communities

OUR TEAM

Dr. Mary Dahlgren

Mary E. Dahlgren is a national literacy consultant and child advocate from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Dr. Dahlgren’s longstanding interest in early childhood and elementary education has compelled her to spend much of her career working directly with classroom teachers to embrace the science behind reading. She provides training on how to provide the best first instruction along with implementation of effective interventions for struggling readers.  She is also the president and founder of Tools 4 Reading and recently developed a phonological awareness and articulation program called Kid LipsKid Lips is an easy-to-use tool designed for all students, but is especially effective for teachers to use to help Spanish speaking students understand the differences in phonemes between the two languages. In addition to Kid Lips, she also designed and authored Tools 4 Reading Phoneme/Grapheme Cards, a quick reference to common phonics patterns in the English language.  Dr. Dahlgren is a National LETRS Trainer and the author of Fundamental of Literacy Instruction published by Voyager Sopris Learning in 2016.

Dr. Antonio A. Fierro

Antonio A. Fierro, Ed.D. is a national trainer of the distinguished teacher curriculum Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS).  As a former Texas State Teacher of the Year, he brings over 25 years of experience to the field of education.  He has served as an early childhood ESL/Bilingual teacher, a district ESL/Bilingual specialist, a state master trainer of the Texas Reading Academies, a senior analyst with the national Reading First initiative, and reading director of a major urban Texas school district.  His areas of interest include early childhood education and, because of his own experience as an English learner, research and practices that impact students learning English as a second language.  Antonio is also dedicated to advancing the knowledge base and understanding of dyslexia and other reading disabilities as his own 15-year old son, Antonio Jr., is dyslexic. 

6608 N. Western #301  |  Oklahoma City, OK 73116   |  Fax Number: (405) 242-4925

Email Dr. Mary Dahlgren at mary@tools4reading.com

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