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American Dyslexia Association


More than 80 percent of students who fail to earn a high school diploma were struggling readers in third grade. How many of these children had dyslexia and went through the educational system without proper diagnosis or interventions to help?


Venice Teacher pens book on how COVID affected learning

The Daily Sun Newspaper

VENICE — A Venice teacher published a new book recently focused on pre-and-post COVID reading proficiencies among third graders.

Lisa Richardson Hassler released “America’s Embarrassing Reading Crisis: What We Learned from COVID,” which focuses on methods and theories placed within classrooms and homes, while blending them with strategies that work in today’s environment...


“America’s Embarrassing Reading Crisis: What we learned from COVID”

WGCU Gulf Coast Life

All Things Considered


In the new book, “America’s Embarrassing Reading Crisis: What we learned from COVID” Dr. Lisa Richardson Hassler explores reading proficiencies among third-graders, both pre and post-pandemic, and compares established virtual learning methods like those used by Florida’s Virtual School with traditional…

Kids Reading Book in Park

A Sarasota County teacher authors a book on how COVID impacted learning

WUSF Public Media

The release comes as new data reveals just 53 percent of Florida third-graders passed the state's reading test.

In "America's Embarrassing Reading Crisis: What We Learned From COVID," Lisa Richardson a Venice elementary school teacher, addresses why educators stress the importance of reading comprehension among the nation's third graders.


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Dr. Lisa Richardson Hassler Receives 2022 Outstanding Dissertation Award

National Louis University
Doctoral Symposium

On May 12, 2022 Dr. Lisa Richardson was recognized for her dissertation, An Evaluation of Virtual School’s Preparation of Second Grade Students for Third Grade Reading Proficiency, which won the NLU 2022 Outstanding Dissertation Award in the category of Advancing Professional Practice.  Dissertations had to contribute to the body of knowledge about complex problems of practice. Reviewers commented on the many strengths of your dissertation, particularly her data analysis and the usability and strength of her recommendations.

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