, founder and owner of PDX Reading Specialist, started her company in 2010 after spending more than a decade as a classroom teacher. When asked why she left the classroom, Steinberg states, “every year, there were four or five students who were bright and eager to learn...yet struggled with the basics of reading, writing and spelling. I worried about these kids and was frustrated because I didn't have the appropriate knowledge or tools to help them. I started PDX Reading Specialist with the mission of inspiring individuals to become CONFIDENT & CAPABLE learners".
Since 2010, the team at PDX Reading Specialist has helped hundreds of students overcome the challenges of dyslexia. “Equally important”, Steinberg adds, “we've inspired these remarkable individuals to discover their hidden gifts and become self-advocates”.
In addition to working with individuals and families, Barbara has trained more than 1,000 educators across Oregon under Senate Bill 1003. This training has been described as “career altering,” since, like Steinberg, so many educators never received this knowledge in their pre-service preparation programs. “I am indebted to every educator who attends a training. I know I am changing the world one teacher at a time”.
This year, PDX Reading Specialist also launched a Dyslexia Toolkit to help parents and educators teach the foundational skills for reading success. Since the Toolkit launched last June, more than 1,000 have been sold in more than 6 states. The team at PDX Reading Specialist will be launching the second Dyslexia Toolkit this summer.
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