A valuable conversation with Helen Abadzi

post04_helenIt was a great honor for me to be able to spend almost two hours discussing the pedagogy of teaching reading with the world’s most renowned expert – Helen Abadzi.

Helen Abadzi is a Greek psychologist who has spent 27 years as a Senior Education Specialist at the World Bank. She has drawn on cognitive psychology and neuroscience to improve the outcomes of educational in the poorest countries.

Dr. Abadzi is a polyglot who attained at least intermediate-level knowledge of 19 languages.  She has used her linguistic ability to focus particularly on improving outcomes for marginalized students.  She is the author of many publications, including the widely cited Efficient Learning for the Poor. Her findings suggest that reading should be taught in accordance with the ways people process information so that students can learn more efficiently. Thanks to her work, early-grade reading fluency has become an international priority.

Thanks to Helen’s generously offered advice, I will be able to make several improvements to our current Smart4Kids application, which is being implemented in Cambodia. I will also be able to take her recommendation into our upcoming version, which will focus on teaching reading in the classroom.

 

 

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