Aidan Colvin, a high school student who has dyslexia, has spent considerable time writing to famous people who are challenged with the same learning disability as more than 10 million students are today. He compiled the responses into his very inspiring book, Looking for Heroes, available in Learning Ally’s human-read audiobook library.
Join us for this Learning Ally-sponsored K-12 webinar to hear Aidan talk directly with students about his experiences with dyslexia, the story behind his book, and his tips for succeeding in school. Students will come away inspired and ready to tackle the world of reading to learn.
Aidan has listened to Learning Ally’s human-read audiobooks since 3rd grade and is thrilled to share his story with other students just like him! Aidan is helping Learning Ally celebrate Read Across America Day and the conclusion of the Great Reading Games by congratulating and connecting with classrooms across the country. We invite schools to broadcast this event to your entire student body to celebrate Read Across America Day and bring awareness to all of the different ways students read.
About the Author:
Aidan Colvin is the author of Looking for Heroes: One Boy, One Year, 100 Letters. Reading quickly and accurately is often the key to success in school. Without it, many dyslexics struggle and fail. Some, however, go on to achieve wild success. In this true story, dyslexic high school student Aidan Colvin decides to ask successful dyslexics how they did it. Over the course of one year, he writes 100 letters. He doesn't expect anyone to write back, and is genuinely surprised when people do. The book features letters from Writer John Irving, Arctic Explorer Ann Bancroft, Surgeon and CEO Delos Cosgrove, Sculptor Thomas Sayre, Poet Phillip Schultz and others. Soon after it was published, Aidan was awarded the International Dyslexia Association Remy Johnston Award. He has traveled to dozens of schools, book stores, conferences and events over the last year to tell his story.
About the Presenter:
Terrie Noland, National Director, Educator Engagement, Learning Ally, has more than 24 years of experience as both a trainer and developer of content for educators and administrators. Her focus for the past five years has been on the pedagogical practices needed to create effective environments for struggling readers. Terrie has the opportunity to train groups numbering in the thousands helping to build better understanding of working with struggling readers. She is currently pursuing certification as an Academic Language Therapist.