Thank You

Payne relies on generous grants and donations to help underwrite the costs of training for teachers. Here are some of this year's supporters:

  • E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Sarkeys Foundation
  • Kirkpatrick Family Fund
  • Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma
  • The Anschutz Foundation
  • Peggy & Nick Duncan
  • Pi Beta Phi Foundation
  • The Vose Foundation

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"Payne is by far the most beneficial literacy training I have ever had!"

Jamie | Teacher

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Please join us to learn more about dyslexia, effective instruction, classroom accommodations, and brain development. 

This event is being held at the TBS Factoring Service, located at 7800 NW 85th Terrace, Oklahoma City, OK 73132.

Friday, April 27, 2018:

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $100

Register here.

Agenda (Flyer)

Dyslexia Basics- Michelle Keiper

Michelle Keiper is the Founding Member of Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and is a parent of a child with dyslexia. After experiencing the lack of support from her colleagues in the public schools, Michelle realized change was needed. Michelle took the lead to form Decoding Dyslexia – Oklahoma, joining parents across the country who were also concerned with the limited access to educational interventions for dyslexia within their public schools.

Effective Instruction- Nancy Marchand-Martella, Ph.D.

Dr. Marchand-Martella is Chair and Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Oklahoma, teaching classes in academic remediation with a focus on reading, writing, spelling, and mathematics interventions. She has more than 30 years of experience working with at-risk populations and more than 190 professional publications credited to her name. 

Classroom Accommodations- Renee McFarland

Renee McFarland is a Special Education teacher in Sand Springs, OK, and a founding member of Decoding Dyslexia Oklahoma.  Renee holds a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education and is a specialist trained in multiple curriculums designed specifically for children with dyslexia. Renee is a child advocate who ensures children with dyslexia have a voice and caring adult to fight for them.

Poverty and Its Effect on Brain Development and Reading- Heather Johnson, M.Ed.

Heather Johnson serves as Executive Director of Payne Education Center. Heather has an extensive teaching background with experience teaching infants through college adults. Heather's research specialty is brain development and the neurological differences created by poverty. Heather is an expert in the field of neurological differences and the effects on children as well as childhood trauma and abuse.