Dr. Walter Dunson
Walter E. Dunson, Ph.D. is a educational consultant, author, professor, and legislative advocate. He is the Executive Director and Founder of Cardinal Reading Strategies and has more than twenty years of experience working with students in the areas of language-based learning and language acquisition.
Formerly, he served as a literature instructor, a reading lab coordinator, and curriculum developer at The Briarwood School, a school for dyslexics in Houston, Texas, and he served as a language training instructor at The Kildonan School, a school for dyslexics in Amenia, New York. While at Kildonan, Dr. Dunson received extensive Orton-Gillingham training and was mentored through a 2760-hour practicum by a founding Fellow in the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). In order to provide diagnostic-prescriptive remediation, he has received additional training in:
Lindamood-Bell’s Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling, and Speech
Visualizing and Verbalizing Program of Concept Imagery for Comprehension and Thinking
Seeing Stars Program of Symbol Imagery for Sight Words, Reading, Phonemic Awareness, and Spelling
Dr. Jane Fell Greene’s Language! Program, a curriculum for at-risk and ESL students in grades K-12 and includes components for writing, spelling, reading, grammar, and vocabulary.
In keeping with the findings of the National Reading Panel, he also incorporates:
Great Leaps for Reading, a program that has been recognized for years as a researched and evidence-based fluency program that enables students to make significant strides in their reading.
Six Way Paragraphs, a three-level series that teaches the basic skills necessary for reading factual material through the use of the following six types of questions: subject matter, main idea, supporting details, conclusions, clarifying devices, and vocabulary in context.
Sounds and Letters, a manual of cumulative units of phonemic awareness drills intended for use by teachers or speech-language pathologists to build efficiency in the five activities of phonemic awareness (replication, blending, segmenting, substitution, and rhyming).