Maker of the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs recognizes educators across the country who make a significant, positive impact in students’ lives


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Oakland, Calif. — Nov. 4, 2014 — This September and October, Scientific Learning Corp. honored 17 educators as 2014 Champions of Literacy in a new awards program designed to recognize educators for the tremendous impact they have had on students’ lives through the use of the Fast ForWord® and Reading Assistant™ programs. As part of the awards program, an online contest was held to elect the first King or Queen of Literacy from among the 17 teachers, reading specialists, and school and district leaders chosen. Scientific Learning is pleased to announce that Linda Nash, supervisor of federal programs and grants for Putnam County Schools in Cookeville, Tenn., has captured that top honor.

Nash was selected as a Champion of Literacy because of the success of Putnam County Schools’ summer reading program, which uses the Fast ForWord program to help struggling third grade students achieve the gains necessary to be promoted to fourth grade. During the school year the program is used with equal success to help special education students, English language learners, and others overcome struggles with reading.

“We are so pleased to recognize the efforts of Linda Nash and this select group of educators who go above and beyond for their students every day,” said Robert C. Bowen, CEO of Scientific Learning. “Thanks to their hard work and dedication, and their exemplary implementations of the Fast ForWord and Reading Assistant programs, they’ve helped students with special needs, English language learners, and struggling readers achieve dramatic improvements in their language and reading skills, and their self-confidence.”

As the 2014 Queen of Literacy, Nash will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Scientific Learning’s National Circle of Learning (NCOL) Users Conference, Nov. 6-7 in Dallas, Texas. Each Champion of Literacy will also receive complimentary registration to NCOL.  For a list of the winners, go to:

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