Teaching. Reading. Reaching.
Neuhaus Education Center is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit organization dedicated
to promoting reading success.

History Timeline

The Neuhaus Education Center is named in honor of W. Oscar Neuhaus, the first president of the Houston Branch of the Orton Dyslexia Society. Since 1980, Neuhaus has provided evidenced-based reading instruction to more than 60,000 reading teachers; served approximately 2,000 adult learners; and in the past year alone helped 2,587 parents through onsite consulting and outreach programs.

1978 Houston Branch of Orton Dyslexia Society founded.  W. Oscar Neuhaus is first President.
 

1980 W. Oscar Neuhaus Memorial Foundation is incorporated, becoming the first Teacher Training Center in Houston offering the Orton Gillingham-based Alphabetic Phonics curriculum, and the second in Texas.  Recognizing Oscar Neuhaus’ leadership in developing a community climate for success, friends, concerned parents, and Dallas-trained dyslexia therapists memorialized him in founding the Center.  

Aylett Cox and Margaret Smith at the Dallas Dean Learning Center agree to provide four years of assistance in teacher training and in supervision of Neuhaus Education Center staff as trainers.

Marvin Collie, senior partner of Vinson Elkins, obtains IRS 501 ( c ) 3 tax exemption. Community leaders Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson and the Cullen Foundation give seed money and assure the future of the Center.

Space of three small offices is partially donated in small building on Audley Street.  Part time secretary is hired.

1981 First Class of Basic Introductory Course in Alphabetic Phonics is taught by Aylett Cox, its author, and Margaret Smith with Fredda Parker, Marilyn Beckwith and Lenox  Reed (trained in Dallas at Scottish Rite Hospital by Aylett Cox), as teaching trainees.  Eight participants from various fields, including a diagnostician, speech therapist, reading and special education teachers, attend in January.  Space is rented in St. Phillips Church.

Twenty-five teachers from public and private schools attend a June four-week session taught in Houston I.S.D.’s River Oaks Elementary School.  College degree required.  University of St. Thomas and University of Houston give 6 hours graduate credit for Basic Course.

1982 Center moves its location to a large office building where it continues to expand until over 7500 square feet are leased.  Full time secretary hired. 

1984 Aylett Cox and her staff at the Dean Learning Center in Dallas certify the Neuhaus Education Center after a four-year internship.

1986 Texas legislature mandates that every public school teacher in the state of Texas be informed about dyslexia and that an appropriately trained teacher be available on every school campus.  The Texas Education Agency approves the Center’s courses for continuing education for public school teachers.

Adult literacy classes offered for the first time as Neuhaus-trained teachers offer adult reading and spelling classes in the evenings at the Center.

1987 Neuhaus Education Center signs contract with Special Education Department at Houston I.S.D. to train resource teachers in Alphabetic Phonics.

First Neuhaus Benefit Luncheon: Barbara P. Bush and new Superintendent of Houston I.S.D. are speakers.  Over 500 people attend sell-out luncheon.

1988 Project Apple begins. One first grade teacher from every Houston I.S.D. campus attends 30-hour multisensory training and dyslexia awareness course.

1990 Board retreat and long range planning committee result in decision to begin Capital Campaign to relocate to own space.  A consulting firm helps “package” Neuhaus, and a part-time consultant is hired for the Campaign.  Neuhaus Board reviews mission statement and reconfirms.

1994 New 15,000 square foot building is completed and Capital Campaign completed in June.
 

1996 Texas Governor George W. Bush announces Reading as primary Education Initiative: Every third grader shall read at least on grade level by the end of third grade and continue to progress on grade level.

Governor Bush attends Tenth Annual Benefit Luncheon to present the Excellence in Teaching Award to a third grade reading teacher.  Over 900 people attend luncheon.

Houston I.S.D. Board approves PEER Report that recommends a Balanced Approach to Reading

Kay Allen and Lenox Reed are appointed to English Language Arts and Reading committee on the rewriting of the state curriculum, Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). 

Board Retreat in spring results in Vision Statement for Year 2000 and task force committees.

1997 Distance learning begins at the Center.  Brownsville I.S.D. contracts with the Center to train all of its first-grade teachers in Language Enrichment I.  Middle School teachers are trained in Language Enrichment II.

Barbara Bush presents Excellence in Teaching Award to Houston I.S.D. Kindergarten teacher at 11th Annual Benefit Luncheon.  1200 people attend and hear speaker, Dr. Mel Levine.

Middle School Initiative begins with Houston I.S.D.  Seventy-six teachers attend the 60-hour Language Enrichment II classes during the year.

New part time Adult Literacy Coordinator is hired to head adult literacy program.

Neuhaus Forum is formed, a support group that will offer two seminars a year with speakers on issues concerning public education, and offer opportunities to volunteer in public schools.

Lenox Reed is appointed by Houston I.S.D. Superintendent Rod Paige to serve on the task force to study “Students with Persistent Reading Problems.” Committee recommendations are submitted to H.I.S.D. Board.

1998 Neuhaus Education Center receives accreditation by Academic Language Therapy Association Centers Council.

First Lady's Family Literacy Initiative gives grant to Neuhaus Education Center and Ed White Elementary School, Houston I. S. D., for its "Lifetime Readers" project.

1999 Board and staff retreat led by nationally acclaimed facilitator Susan Stone, Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Strategic Plan is developed and several task forces created to study implementation.

Joanne White, Neuhaus staff member, and Lenox Reed are appointed to Texas Textbook Selection Committee by Mike Moses, Commissioner of Education.

Neuhaus Education Center’s Dyslexia Specialist Preparation Program is accredited by the International Multisensory Language Education Council (IMSLEC).

Lenox Reed is elected to serve a four-year term on the Board of Directors of the International Dyslexia Association (IDA).

2000 Former First Lady Barbara Bush helps the Center celebrate its 20th anniversary – 20 years, 10,000 teachers, 1,000,000 readers. 

Suzanne Carreker and Joanne White are chosen as two of the four Expert Trainers for the Governor’s Reading Initiative’s First Grade Reading Academies in which 26,000 first grade teachers in Texas receive four days of training in the structure of the language for reading.

Lenox Reed, Founding Executive Director, retires.

Kay Allen, who has taught Neuhaus since 1982, becomes Executive Director.

2001 The Center’s first online, web-based workshops are offered: Developing Accuracy and  Fluency for Reading Success and Reading Comprehension: The Ultimate Goal of Reading.

Educator attendance at the Center’s courses and workshops increases by 19%, with a total of 4,033 participants for the year, representing 95 school districts and 71 private schools.

2002 Preliminary results from research in Brownsville ISD show a significant difference in fifth-grade students who received reading instruction in second grade from teachers trained by the Center and using the Center’s Language Enrichment curriculum compared with students receiving standard instruction.

Center offers its first workshop for Pre-Kindergarten teachers, Cooking in The Kitchen.  Two additional online (web-based) workshops offered, making a total of four.

Four Family Literacy programs established in fall, 2002.

All first grade teachers in Idaho receive training based on the Center’s Language Enrichment curriculum.

2003 New Interactive Video Conferencing equipment is purchased and put to use immediately. Attendance at workshops and courses offered through video conference training increases 200% over the previous year.

The second, third, and fourth units of Pre-Kindergarten materials are published.

Suzanne Carreker develops the comprehension component of a research project led by Dr. 

Frank Wood, Wake Forest Medical School.

2004 Retained by Teach for America (TFA) to provide its national training teams with improved elementary reading instruction. In June, 2004, 1600 of TFA’s new corps members (teachers) were trained by the NEC-assisted training teams. In August 2004, corps members will be placed in low-income, urban and rural community schools for a two year period.

New course are launched Developing Metacognitive Skills: Vocabulary and Comprehension,  and new workshops, Diagnosing Reading Difficulties and Structured Handwriting.

Data from an intervention study conducted by the Center demonstrates that the addition of metacognitive strategies to daily comprehension lessons boosted students’ comprehension and spelling by 20% and vocabulary by 40% over students taught the same lessons without the metacognitive strategies. The strategies used in the study are part of the new course, Developing  Metacognitive Skills.

Director of Teacher Development Suzanne Carreker developed a video course, Developing Reading Fluency, at the request of the Alaska State Department of Education. As a part of a series presenting the requisite literacy skills delineated by the National Reading Panel, the instruction will be seen by pre-service teachers in Alaska’s six colleges and universities and 8,800 in-service teachers in the 57 school districts in Alaska.

2005 Neuhaus celebrates 25 years and unveils a new logo at the celebration.

Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, autho4s of Overcoming Dyslexia,  deliver the Lenox Reed Seminar after the Luncheon.

Suzanne Carreker authored the workbook companion to the popular textbook, Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills.

Building Essential Language and Literacy Skills (BELLS) manuals. The Kitchen and The Farm are published in English and Spanish.

2006 After implementing NEC professional development for K-3 teachers in 2002, Idaho becomes one of only 3 states to significantly increase fourth grade reading scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

Four newly developed online classes - Reading Comprehension, The Structure of the English Language for Reading, Multisensory Grammar  - are offered online.

Patricia Kuhl, PH.D. speaks at the luncheon and Lenox Redd Semonar about the Scientist in the Crib.

2007 University of St. Thomas grants 12 hours of graduate credit toward a Master in Education for work done through Neuhaus.

Research article on Brownsville Project is published in Reading Psychology. A research article on the comprehension study is accepted for publication in the Reading Teacher, an International Reading Association publication read by 140,000 teachers.

Research poster presentation was presented by Dr Regina Bouleware-Gooden at the meeting of the Society of Reading in Prague, Czech Republic.

2008 Neuhaus and Stephen F. Austin State University collaborate to offer a Master of Education in Reading Specialization online.

Reading Teachers Network, www.readingteachersnetwork.org, an interactive online resource for teachers premieres.

Neuhaus partners with HISD to provide professional development for 600 teachers as part of HISD's initiative, Literacy Leads the Way.

Aldine contracts with Neuhaus to provide professional development  for 128 teachers working with students with dyslexia.

The Neuhaus Adult Literacy Program is named in honor of Margaret H. Ley.

Kay Allen, Executive Director since 2000, retires.

Russanne Kelley becomes the President and CEO of Neuhaus.

2009 Neuhaus and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University offer a Master of Education with Reading Specialization in Houston.

Language Enrichment is presented to 24 teachers in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Language Enrichment - Online, a 30-hour online class, is launched.

Neuhaus campus offers free WiFi to visitors.

2010 30th Anniversary year of Neuhaus is a year of celebration. Former First Lady Laura Bush is the honored guest and speaker at the Luncheon

Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University presented Neuhaus with the prestigious Luminary Award.

Neuhaus and the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University offer a Master of Education with Reading Specialization in Houston.

Neuhaus runners and walkers raise money in the Chevron Houston Marathon.

2011 Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education at Southern Methodist University  presented Neuhaus with the prestigious Luminary Award in January.

Russanne Kelley steps down as President and CEO.

Robert Brooks, Ph.D., speaks at the Luncheon and Lenox Reed Seminar

Marybeth Flachbart, Ed.D., is named the new President and CEO.

Teachers Make the Difference and Preventing Reading Failure are the themes of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) and Neuhaus collaboration focusing on district-wide reading instruction.

2012 Houston Independent School District (HISD) collaboration Teachers Make the Difference and Preventing Reading Failure continues in Phase 2.

Classes on curriculum mapping, student assessment, and small group instruction are among the new courses offered.

New Neuhaus website goes live in the spring 2012.

KASTOR  (Knowledge And Skills for Teachers Of Reading), a mentoring program for beginning teachers, kicks off  in May.

Neuhaus partners with HEB to distribute over 10,000 books.

Teach For America teachers take Neuhaus classes.

University partnerships continue with Southern Methodist University in Dallas and

William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Parent Resource Office provides information about dyslexia to teacher candidates at Texas Southern University.

Neuhaus Academy … the 21st Century Learning concept is born.

Dr. Edward Hallowell speaks at the Luncheon and Lenox Reed Seminar

2013 Houston Independent School District (HISD) collaboration Teachers Make the Difference and Preventing Reading Failure continues in Phase 3.

Neuhaus Educational Consulting Services expanded.

Neuhaus Academy videos and instructor manual are available.

Early Childhood Initiative research project takes off.

University partnerships continue with Southern Methodist University and William Carey University in Mississippi.

Milton Chen, Ph.D. author of Weapons of Mass Instruction, speaks at the Luncheon and the Lenox Reed Seminar.

The Parent Resource Office becomes Family Support Office.

Neuhaus named as one of HOUSTON'S TOP WORKPLACES by the Houston Chronicle.

2014Filmmaker Jamie Redford speaks at the annual Luncheon

Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz speak at the Lenox Reed Seminar

The website and learning platform for Neuhaus Academy are officially launched.

Neuhaus named again as one of HOUSTON'S TOP WORKPLACES by the Houston Chronicle.

2015 Neuhaus 29th annual Luncheon was UNMASKED. Dr. David Eagleman was the keynote speaker and Pat Cavanagh, CALT, was the honoree representing the contributions of Dyslexia Therapists in non-public schools.

2016 Neuhaus held its first state-wide inaugural Unlocking Literacy Conference. The two-day professional development opportunity highlighted national keynote speakers, and presentations from district leaders on results of Neuhaus best practices. The first annual “Butterfly Effect Award” was presented to Neil Bush, chairman of the Barbara Bush Foundation, and Dr. Julie Baker-Fink, president of the Foundation.