Dr. Singer works with educators, schools, and school districts world-wide to develop sound methods for language and literacy instruction. For her entire career, Dr. Singer has been interested in the ways in which language and cognition interrelate to support and constrain language, learning, reading, and writing. She is particularly passionate about working with students who struggle with executive functions and written expression.
In her early career, Dr. Singer worked in hospitals, providing clinical services to preschool children with developmental disorders affecting speech, language, and hearing. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Disorders from Emerson College, where she also served as a Clinical Instructor. In partnership with Dr. Anthony Bashir, Dr. Singer went on to develop EmPOWER™, a method for teaching expository writing, Brain Frames®, visual tools that organize language, as well as the Qualitative Writing Inventory and Me & My Writing/My Students’ Writing assessment scales. Her most recent work lead to the development of Unlocking Sentences, an approach to teaching sentence comprehension.
Dr. Singer’s primary research and numerous publications focus on the relationship between spoken and written language, cognition, spatial processing, and self-regulated learning. In addition to her lead role at Vivido, Dr. Singer is the CEO of Architects For Learning-Wellesley, LLC, where she directs a staff that provides education intervention, assessment, and consultation services in the Boston area.Read More Read Less
Jess earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, special education, and psychology, and a master’s degree in Creative Art and Learning Across the Curriculum from Lesley University. She holds certification in education (grades 1-5) and special education (grades K-8). Her experience spans working as a 4th grade teacher, literacy coach, and special educator in Ansbach, Germany; special educator at a private school in Connecticut; and special educator as well as 5th grade classroom teacher in a Massachusetts public school.
Jess joined the staff of Architects For Learning in 2007, supporting its research and development efforts. She has since assumed a lead role in developing Vivido’s training programs. Jess is a co-author of EmPOWER: Classroom Materials. She provides professional development and consultation to educators in EmPOWER, Brain Frames, and other instructional methods developed by Vivido. Jess is particularly passionate about giving teachers practical and easy-to-use teaching methods that help them get the best out of their students.Read More Read Less
Dr. Bashir has spent a lifetime dedicated to language and learning. He was the director of the speech-language pathology department at Boston’s Children’s Hospital for 25 years; Coordinator for Academic and Disability Services for 14 years, the Director of the Freshman Academic Studies Program for 15 years as well as Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Emerson College. In addition, he has taught in Boston College’s Lynch School of Teacher Education for over 40 years.
Dr. Bashir is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association — the highest honor the organization bestows. His many years in clinical practice and teaching have had widespread impact on the field with respect to our understanding of the natural history of language disorders as well as the literacy and self-advocacy needs of students who struggle with language and learning.
Along with Dr. Bonnie Singer, Dr. Bashir developed EmPOWER and Brain Frames instructional methods as well as the Qualitative Writing Inventory, and Me & My Writing/My Students’ Writing scales for assessing writing. At Vivido, he lends his clinical and educational acumen to the development of products, programs, and presentations.Read More Read Less
Dr. Graham has taught English and history to middle school students in Massachusetts since 2003. She began using EmPOWER and Brain Frames in her curriculum in 2004 then went on to become a trainer in these methods for Vivido. Upon completing her M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts-Boston in 2007, Holly began teaching graduate courses in language education at University of Massachusetts-Boston, taking coursework in the department of linguistics and undergoing private study with Dr. Bonnie Singer and co-authoring EmPOWER: Classroom Materials. She completed her Doctor of Education degree with a focus on Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2015.
In addition to designing instruction related materials for Vivido, Dr. Graham teaches middle school English in Northampton, MA and holds a faculty appointment at Mount Holyoke College, where she teaches language and literacy courses to preservice teachers (including a course on using Brain Frames for classroom instruction). Dr. Graham serves as an advisor to Vivido. Her research is focused on teacher education, systemic functional linguistics, genre-based pedagogy, metalinguistic development, and instructional practices for teaching and learning.Read More Read Less
Kate holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology from Loyola University, a Masters of Science in Education – Communication Disorders from the College of St. Rose and a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Kate has spent the last ten years living and working overseas as the Elementary Speech Language Pathologist at the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Prior to this, she worked in the Maryland public school system and at Kennedy Krieger Institute.
While overseas, Kate joined the Special Education Network and Inclusion Association executive board, where she currently holds the position of chairperson. As the SENIA chairperson since 2014, Kate has worked with educators across the globe advocating for inclusive learning opportunities for all students. She is committed to establishing networks with teachers, parents, and related service providers in order to ensure practical strategies are accessible to all. It was through SENIA that Kate was introduced to Dr. Singer and Brain Frames® in 2012.
Kate will serve as the Director of Alumni Programs at Vivido. She brings with her a passion for creating communities that support professional learning and collaboration.Read More Read Less
Emily used Brain Frames for years as a Program Education Specialist for the New England Aquarium in Boston. She developed curriculum for all ages (including early childhood and adults) and delivered science instruction to K-12 public, private, and homeschool students throughout New England and Canada. Then she took her passion for teaching to corporate America at HubSpot, fielding everything from technical software development, to marketing and sales business strategy, to “OMG HELP ME, MY HAIR’S ON FIRE!” level questions from HubSpot customers. At Vivido, Emily serves as an instructional coach for Brain Frames and provides behind-the-scenes support with technology.Read More Read Less
Kayla earned her bachelor’s degree from Johnson and Wales University in Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Management. After working as an activities director for a large resort and an assistant Pre-K teacher, she entered the corporate world and worked for several years as an executive assistant to the CEO and CFO of a management firm. Kayla joined Vivido in 2018, bringing with her an impressive array of organization, management, and marketing skills. Her creativity, vibrant personality, and ability to efficiently organize both people and projects makes her Vivido’s ultimate coordinator of all things related to operations.Read More Read Less
Since 1996, our company was made up of two divisions. One serviced students and their families, and the other provided professional development to SLPs, educators, and schools world-wide. For the last 15 years, both divisions of the company operated under a single brand: “Architects For Learning.”
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