Neuhaus Education Center is a non-profit educational foundation dedicated to the prevention of reading failure. To meet this challenge we provide research based professional development to educators, supply information and resources to families and offer direct services to adult learners. Since 1980, Neuhaus has provided scientifically-based reading instruction to more than 60,000 teachers of reading, served approximately 2,000 adult learners and in the past year alone has assisted 2,587 parents though our onsite consultants and outreach programs.
Now more than ever literacy remains an issue for the Houston community. One in three adult Houstonians is functionally illiterate (National Adult Literacy Survey 2003). Houston was recently ranked 60th out of 75 least literate cities in the United States (Central Connecticut State College, 2010) and Texas ranks 47th out of 50 states in terms of English literacy levels (www.ed.gov). Added to these statistics is the fact that our demographics are changing (the percentage of English language learners in Texas schools has increased by 42.2 percent in the past ten years) as is our need for a highly literate work force (http://qurratulain.wordpress.com).
The Neuhaus motto is “better readers, brighter futures.” We have lived that by giving classroom teachers the tools they need to meet the needs of all learners. Our course offerings cover the full range of critical literacy skills and our services provide hope to families and an opportunity to adult learners.
Neuhaus’s greatest asset is its human capital. Its staff includes ten full-time certified dyslexia specialists; a parent resource coordinator; a full-time researcher; specialists in virtual education and technology; adult literacy experts. Four staff members hold doctorates in education. Neuhaus has long-standing relationships with board members, parents, independent schools, and urban and rural school district leaders, as well as institutes of higher education (collaborating with Southern Methodist University in a master’s program, offering graduate courses through the University of St. Thomas). This team approach gives Neuhaus the expertise necessary to work through complex issues in education but keeps us small enough to respond to changing needs in schools. This flexibility means Neuhaus can tailor programs and services to its constituents’ unique concerns regarding their students’ reading skills.
Among Neuhaus’s recent significant accomplishments are:
- A contract with the Houston Independent School District Board of Trustees, approved in August of 2011, to provide in-depth information to 3,000 staff about critical skills for decoding and comprehension and data-driven instruction. The program scope includes both instruction and support for principals and teachers through school visits and individual coaching.
- The November 2011, launch of Neuhaus’s new KASTOR (Knowledge and Skilled Teachers of Reading) program that documents expertise in reading for teachers who complete the two-year program.
- The debut in 2009 of the Neuhaus’s Reading Teachers Network, which provides online videos of classroom instructional techniques and offers lesson plans, printable instructional materials, and brief narrated presentations that reinforce lessons of the KASTOR program.
- A Master of Reading and Writing program, which began in the fall of 2009 in collaboration with Southern Methodist University.
How to Support Neuhaus?
Neuhaus Education Center relies on the generosity of donors to provide educators with a proven multisensory approach to teaching reading, writing and spelling to all students, including those with dyslexia.
There are several ways to get involved with Neuhaus: