Dr. Lisa R. Hassler

Author, teacher, and distance education expert, Dr. Lisa Richardson Hassler, is on a mission to increase reading fluency through awareness and education.

47% of Florida's third grade students are not reading on grade level.

With the recent release of the 2022 3rd grade reading results in the state of Florida, making headlines again, there has never been a more pressing time to address this issue.

In her book, America's Embarrassing Reading Crisis: What We Learned From COVID, Hassler addresses the need for change and lays a path towards improvement for educational leaders, teachers, and parents. Her research on virtual school validity in second grade for third grade reading proficiency is recognized in academia. She is the recipient of the National Louis University 2022 Outstanding Dissertation Award in Advancing Professional Practice. 

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America's Embarrassing Reading Crisis:

What We Learned from Covid

More than 80 percent of students who fail to earn a high school diploma were struggling readers in third grade.

     We all want our children to learn and thrive. We want them to achieve measurable success–and live up to the vast potential inside each of them. But in order to do that, we must tackle the biggest problem facing America today: reading. Without proper reading skills, our workforce is less robust, job opportunities are more limited and people's lives are held hostage as their own self-worth becomes diminished.

     Yet, the pandemic brought forth valuable lessons. The global crisis shed light on another, lesser known, pandemic already in play for children across America. At first, parents, teachers, and other educators grappled with online teaching. Then, however, came profound lessons about teaching reading to young students–and the success that followed–because of virtual education.

     America's Embarrassing Reading Crisis: WHAT WE LEARNED FROM COVID is a reality check on an issue we have long been avoiding. Now, there are no more excuses; it’s time to take action. This book blends the pre-covid methods and theory placed within classrooms and homes and blends them into strategies that work in today’s environment. Author and accomplished educator Lisa Richardson Hassler dives into her own struggles and triumphs as a mother and teacher to provide solutions to parents, teachers, and educational leaders in order to set our students up for successful futures.

     The key to raising successful children is setting the stage for being a successful adult. Hassler is not only sounding the alarm with this book some educators are calling "a must-read for modern classrooms," she's offering a framework by which to ensure young readers are reading on grade level starting today.

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Book Reviews

5 Stars!

These testimonials are organic in nature and directly from Amazon.


Successful readers are often successful in life!

"Teachers are aware of this fact. Reading acquires knowledge and ideas and improves memory. Due to the turmoil of the last few years, a problem that has already existed in American children for a long time has become even more visible. This book describes the reading problem that has persisted in the United States very well and that we must face this issue head on to overcome it. This outstanding book offers practical advice for administrators, teachers, and parents to make teaching and learning how to read more effective. A big thank you to the author, Dr. Richardson Hassler, for finding such clear words and showing how all children can become good readers!"

Dr. Livia R. Pailer-Duller

5.0 out of 5 stars

Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2022

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“To continue to be part of the reading problem in this country is no longer an option for me. The education system in America is ready for the change distance education can bring, and I’m passionate about making it happen.”

Dr. Lisa Richardson Hassler



Dr. Hassler is available for speaking engagements, coaching, and workshops. 
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