Reading curriculums changing in American schools is a controversial topic, and parents whose children are impacted by the public school system are the most furious. There are decades of research supporting people with dyslexia needing structured literacy, yet, schools still follow reading gurus who don't have research to support their programs. 

In this episode, Dr. Monica McHale-Small, currently the Director of Education for the Learning Disabilities Association of America, former Superintendent, school psychologist, and mother of children with dyslexia, shares her experience with reading programs and how it affects the overall learning experience of students who are struggling to read and write.

She also discussed what the Learning Disabilities Association of America offers parents and students with dyslexia. Monica is also a Dyslexia Mom Boss and shares her D-cubed journey with us in this episode. You sure don't want to miss that out! 

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About Monica

Monica McHale-Small is the Director of Education for the Learning Disabilities Association of America and an Adjunct Associate Professor of School Psychology at Temple University. Monica retired from public education after twenty-seven years of service in Pennsylvania as a school psychologist and in various district leadership roles, including, most recently, district superintendent. She earned her doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. 

Dr. McHale-Small has long advocated bringing sound research into practice in public schools. She advocates for evidence-based literacy instruction, intervention, and equity for historically underserved students, including racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse students and students with disabilities. Monica is the past president of the Learning Disabilities Association of America and has previously served on boards of the International Dyslexia Association, the Pennsylvania Branch of IDA, and the National Association of Pupil Services Administrators. 

The Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) is a member-based, parent-founded organization established in 1963. Currently, LDA has close to 40 state affiliates and members in every U.S. state and territory. Our members are parents of children with learning disabilities, professionals who work with and educate individuals with learning disabilities, and individuals with learning disabilities. LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities through support, education, and advocacy.

Learn more about the benefits of membership at Learning Disabilities Association of America – Support. Educate. Advocate. (

Connect With Monica:

Facebook: Learning Disabilities Association of America

Instagram: @ldaofamerica

Twitter: @LDAofAmerica

LinkedIn: Learning Disabilities Association of America

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