Earl Martin Phalen began his career in education by founding Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) while studying at Harvard Law School). BELL operates after-school and summer education programs in several major U.S. cities. The organization started as a community service project and grew from educating 20 children on a budget of $12K to a national non-profit annually educating 15,000 scholars with a budget of $27.5M.
Earl is also the founder and CEO of Summer Advantage, a reading program that partners with school districts to provide quality summer learning programs for children in grades K–8, and the George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies, a network of K–8 blended learning charter schools.
He has received numerous recognitions and awards for his work on behalf of children including the President’s Service Award, awarded by President Clinton. He was also awarded the Black Entertainment Television (BET) National Hero Award, the Fast Company’s Social Capitalist Award three times, and NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award.
Dr. Maryanne Wolf completed her doctorate at Harvard University, in the Department of Human Development and Psychology. She designed the RAVE-O reading intervention for children with dyslexia, and co-authored the RAN/RAS naming speed tests, a major predictor of dyslexia across all languages. She is also the author of more than 160 scientific articles.
Maryanne received the Christopher Columbus Award for Intellectual Innovation for her work as co-founder of Curious Learning, a global literacy initiative with deployments in Africa, India, Australia, and the United States. She is also the recipient of the Einstein Award from The Dyslexia Foundation for her work in dyslexia.
Currently, Maryanne is the Director of the UCLA Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice and also the Presidential Fellow in Education at Chapman University. She serves as an External Advisor to the International Monetary Fund, a research advisor to the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, and is a frequent speaker at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
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