Authors and Advisors
Istation's team of scholars, authors, and advisors is unrivaled.
Istation's Internet-based assessment, ISIP™, combines modern test theory with current educational standards to provide an adaptive assessment that reaches the ability levels of an entire classroom. Listed are the distinguished educational researchers who authored the items for our comprehensive early reading progress monitoring assessment.
Patricia Mathes, PhD
Dr. Mathes is the Texas Instruments Chair of Reading; a professor of teaching and learning; and the Director of the Institute for Evidence-Based Education within the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. A former classroom and reading teacher, she received her PhD in 1992 from the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University and has served on the faculties of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, the College of Education at Florida State University, and George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University. Since 1991 she has been conducting large-scale classroom-based reading intervention research with funding from multiple sources including the US Department of Education, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Science Foundation, as well as state agencies and foundations. She is also the recipient of several prodigious awards including the 2005 Albert J. Harris Award from the International Reading Association, the 2002 Interpretive Scholar Award from the American Educational Research Association, the 2001 Distinguished Early Career Researcher Award from the Council for Exceptional Children, and the 1999 Samuel A. Kirk Award from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Learning Disabilities. She is the author of numerous articles, chapters, books, and curricular materials related to reading and reading disabilities, differentiation, response to intervention, continuous progress monitoring, coaching, and best practices for struggling readers. She serves as an editor for the Annals of Dyslexia and is on the editorial board of several scholarly journals.
Joe Torgesen, PhD
Dr. Torgesen is a distinguished research professor of psychology and education, emeritus, at Florida State University. He is also the Director Emeritus of the Florida Center for Reading Research. He has been conducting research with children who have learning problems for over 30 years and is the author of approximately 190 articles, book chapters, books, and tests related to reading and learning disabilities. His research interests have included reading development, reading disabilities and intervention, and assessment. He is a past member of the National Board for Education Sciences and was given the Samuel T. Orton Award from the International Dyslexia Association in 2006 for his contributions to the science of reading and dyslexia.
Jeannine Herron, PhD
Dr. Herron is a research neuropsychologist who carried out NIH-funded dyslexia research at the University of California, San Francisco, for ten years. As Director of California Neuropsychology Services, she helped produce more than 50 conferences around the United States on the relationships between the brain and learning and taught continuing education in technology for teachers at Dominican University. As Director of Talking Fingers Inc., she has been the principal investigator on four SBIR grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to develop research-based software and educational toys for early reading.
Scholarship from several Spanish-speaking researchers was used to develop the foundation and blueprint of ISIP Español. The following researchers met several times with Istation Spanish Curriculum representatives to discuss the development of ISIP Español.
Dr. Iliana Alanis
Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching
The University of Texas at San Antonio
The University of Texas at San Antonio - DEPARTMENT OF INTERDISCIPLINARY LEARNING AND TEACHING
Dr. Igone Arteagoitia
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) - Projects
Dr. Kathy Escamilla
Professor of Education
School of Education
The University of Colorado at Boulder
The University of Colorado at Boulder - Faculty page
Dr. Gilda Evans
Retired Assistant Superintendent over the Multi-language Enrichment Department of Dallas ISD
Former Vice President of The Bilingual Education Association of the Metroplex (BEAM)
Dr. Eugene E. Garcia
Professor and Vice President
Arizona State University
Arizona State University - Faculty page
President and Cofounder of The Global Institute for Language and Literacy Development
Former Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director to the US Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA)
Dr. William Pulte
Director of Bilingual Education Programs and Associate Professor
Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development
Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University - Faculty page
Dr. Luis Rosado
Professor of Bilingual Education and Director of the Center for Bilingual Education
College of Education
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington - Faculty page
Vice President and Cofounder of the Global Institute for Language and Literacy
Former Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Academic Achievement through Language
Acquisition for the Florida Department of Education
Dr. Annette Torres Elias
Assistant Professor of Education
School of Education
Texas Wesleyan University
Annette Torres Elias Academia.edu Web page
External Research Advisors
Dr. Reid Lyon, Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and Leadership at SMU and Distinguished Scholar in Brain and Behavior Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, was formally the Chief of the Child Development and Behavior Branch at the National Institutes of Health and the director of the largest reading research program nationally and internationally.
Dr. Vicki Gibson is one of the country’s leading experts on how children learn to read. She has operated three schools for children aged 2 to 12 where she could put principles of education into practice. She is an author of several books about different aspects of reading and is a national speaker on education reform. She was the Vice President of Curriculum Development for Istation from 2005 to 2007 and led the team designing the reading program. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she received her BS, MS, and PhD, and was a lecturer and an adjunct professor.
Researchers who consulted with our company during design and development include:
- Dr. Marilyn Adams, visiting scholar at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, research scientist, and internationally renowned author in the field of literacy acquisition with contributions including the landmark book Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print
- Dr. Douglas Carnine, Professor of Education at the University of Oregon and Director of the National Center to Improve the Tools of Educators
- Dr. David Francis, Chairman of the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston, Director of the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics, and a recognized authority in the assessment of reading skills and the effectiveness of courseware
- Dr. Jan Hasbrouck, educational consultant and trainer, author of The Reading Coach, and national expert in the fields of reading fluency, coaching, and assessing and teaching struggling readers
While working with these and other researchers and educators, our company analyzed decades of research related to literacy acquisition to develop a comprehensive understanding of a successful reading program that focuses on essential reading skills and incorporated that understanding into a data-informed approach to teaching students to read.