Dr. Bettye Chitman Haysbert, Author
Dr. Haysbert provides a simple solution to schools and entities presently working with children outside of the formal school environment, who want to give back and who share her passion and commitment to see people read, with a tool to quickly "teach groups" of struggling readers to read. Her desired partners are businesses/corporations, celebrities, community organizations (faith-based, social), clubs, camps, sports teams, homeschoolers, foundations, mentors, incarcerated or formerly incarcerated, townships in Africa, and other exploited countries.
She skillfully uses her expertise to uniquely integrate curriculum and diverse instructional strategies to optimize learning and empower the learner for change- referred to as Meta-instruction. Dr. Haysbert uses her knowledge of how people learn, of best teaching practices and the role culture plays in learning, to create an environment where learners;
Dr. Haysbert is a leading educator in the field of teacher education and school change. She has spent many years training teachers and administrators in school change and effective teaching strategies for all learners.
She has cultivated, over the last 40 years, a very effective reading strategy, “learning to Read Our Way (ltROW)", which has been used in her work with schools and communities, teaching children and adults to read easily and quickly. Because of the high illiteracy rate in the United States and decades of poor education, especially among African Americans and Latinos, she proposes an all-out-assault against illiteracy.
Dr. Haysbert spent over 20 years in the San Francisco Unified School District
Facilitating professional development and school change for schools educating African American and Latino students. It was in Special Education where Dr. Haysbert noticed that when learners' skills, knowledge, and way of being did not dovetail with what was needed for success in school, they failed, hence the genesis of ltROW.
For more than ten years, as a freelance educational consultant, Dr. Haysbert has assisted schools across the nation in change efforts and has presented numerous times at nationwide conferences.
Dr. Haysbert has taught at San Francisco State University and the College of Notre Dame.
She has spent several years as an adjunct professor with The College Of New Jersey’s Global Graduate Program, where she taught in countries ranging from Cyprus and Kuwait to various countries in Africa (Egypt, Tanzania & South Africa). Most of her time was spent in Johannesburg, SA., teaching courses – "Cultural Foundation of Education", Curriculum and Instruction, Social Problems, and an integrated study of "Literacy as a Social Problem." Dr. Haysbert has decided to further globalize her work by creating this reading opportunity to reach the marginalized worldwide.
She has taken the best of all of her knowledge and experiences, coupled with her passion for empowering others and is presenting ltROW as a quick and easy tool to be used to make a serious dent in eliminating illiteracy in the "World".