Subject Matter Experts
Educator Learning Lab started as an advocacy journey over 30 years ago. Founder Jessica Hamman grew up in a family of education professionals with a deep interest in learning disabilities. Her father, Emerson Dickman, was a special education attorney and child advocate in New Jersey and past-president of the International Dyslexia Association who gathered the consensus committee that wrote the definition for dyslexia accepted in most states. Her mother, Georgette Dickman, was an Orton-Gillingham therapist trainer and professor at the Center for Dyslexia Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. They became involved in the field through their journey advocating for her brother with dyslexia in the public school system.
Two decades later, Jessica found her self in a similar position when she noticed her own son showing signs of dyslexia. With all the knowledge and advancements, she thought her son's situation would be much different than her brother's. But as she began supporting her child through school, she found there was still as much lack of understanding about dyslexia as there was before.
How was it possible that all this research hadn't trickled down to practice? And why, in the age of the internet, was training so expensive and inaccessible? If teachers can't get the training they need, students suffered.
In 2016, she began Educator Learning Lab, bringing her background in early literacy, education, and online instructional design to courses geared toward teachers to bridge the gap between research and practice that has been missing for way too long.
To give teachers and practitioners accessible and low-cost access to the tools and instructional techniques they need to better support students with dyslexia and reading difficulties in their classroom.
Do you work for a high-need district or simply find that, as an educator, our courses are too expensive for you?
Get in touch to apply for a scholarship to subsidize your coursework.