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Natalie Wexler Scholarship

Supporting families with children needing intervention and educators needing training in structured literacy

The Natalie Wexler Scholarship is named in honor of  journalist, Natalie Wexler, author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System – And How to Fix It.  This scholarship recognizes Ms. Wexler for her work explaining to the public how the U.S. education system suffers from a lack of knowledge-based curricula and a misplaced focus on “strategies” instead of knowledge. Through her writing and speaking, Ms. Wexler is helping schools identify better ways to teach and helping parents to demand the use of science-backed educational methods. 

Each Natalie Wexler Scholarship, worth $1,200, will fund 12 weeks of one-on-one, structured literacy therapy for a struggling reader participating in Lexercise’s accredited professional development practicum with a qualified and supervised adult trainee.

Purpose

This scholarship was created to acknowledge the importance of literacy for knowledge-building, critical thinking, analysis, and expression. It gives students across the nation, no matter where they live, access to structured literacy intervention while providing a supervised, clinical training practicum for qualified adult educators in training.

Let’s train more educators in structured literacy...

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...so that more students get the intervention they need.

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Requirements

  • Your child must have a reading/writing problem that can be helped by structured literacy (Orton-Gillingham) therapy.
  • You must have access to a laptop or desktop computer with a camera and a reliable high-speed internet connection.
  • You and your child must be willing and available to start therapy when a trainee-therapist is available to begin and continue for 12 straight weeks.
  • You and your child must both be able to meet once a week in a 45-minute online video session with the therapist.
  • Your child must complete a minimum of 4 days of online practice (15-20 minutes/day) in between therapy sessions.
  • You, the parent, must sign a Consent to Film, giving permission for the recording of your sessions, for review by the therapist and their supervisor. (Recordings are used for training purposes only and are not shared outside of the Lexercise organization.)
  • You must make a refundable credit/debit card deposit of $180 to secure your child's place in the program. At the end of therapy, we'll reimburse you $15 per week for all weeks where you and your child have completed the session and 4 days of practice without missing a week. It is our sincere hope that you will do your part so that we can give you a full refund at the end of the 12 weeks.

How to Apply

Applications are invitation only. If you and your child meet the above requirements, speak with one of our therapists to request an invitation.

Mikail Peterson, M.Ed.

Foundations First Literacy

Jessica Badgett, M.Ed., CALT

Multisensory Reading Center

Laura Barr Sargent, M.Ed.

Hop On Reading

Debbie Hitt, B.S., CALT

Multisensory Reading Center

Jamie Kenny, M.Ed

Multisensory Reading Center