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G. Reid Lyon
G. Reid Lyon

UTSA to host lecture by reading expert

(April 12, 2004)--G. Reid Lyon, a developmental scientist who recommends an evidence-based approach to reading instruction, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13 in the UTSA University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) at the 1604 Campus. His talk is part of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Social Science Lecture Series.

Lyon will discuss how research on reading instruction can be used to develop early-intervention programs that reduce reading failure and to formulate education policy.

According to the International Reading Association, "evidence-based reading instruction" is a particular program or collection of instructional practices with a tested and proven record of success. Other terms used to convey the same idea are "research-based instruction" and "scientifically-based research."

As head of the Child Development and Behavior Branch of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Lyon is responsible for the direction, development and management of research programs in developmental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, behavioral pediatrics, reading, and human learning and learning disorders.

Before joining NIH in 1991, Lyon taught at University of Alabama - Birmingham, Northwestern University and University of Vermont. He was a member of the NICHD scientific peer review panel for learning disability research centers.

Lyon received his Ph.D. in learning disorders from the University of New Mexico. He taught children with learning disabilities, served as a third- grade teacher and was a public-school psychologist for 12 years.

He has authored, co-authored or edited more than 100 journal articles, books and book chapters addressing learning differences and disabilities in children. Lyon was a member of the President's Commission on Excellence in Special Education, an education consultant during the Clinton administration and currently is an adviser to President George W. Bush on child development and education research and policies.

Lyon's visit to San Antonio is sponsored by local education company Harcourt Assessment Inc., a leading provider of research-based assessment instruments including the Stanford Reading First and Stanford English Language Proficiency tests. Under its PsychCorp brand, Harcourt Assessment publishes a wide variety of clinical products used in schools, including speech and language tests.

The company is affiliated with the Harcourt book publishing companies and is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a leading publisher and information provider in the science and medical, legal, education and business-to-business sectors.

For more information, contact Lizette Urbina at 210-458-4820.

--Tim Brownlee

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