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Barbara Brammer

Associate Director of Administration & Finance

What I like most about my role within the Center is…

My colleagues and the responsive and caring effort that everyone contributes

What I believe in

Ensuring literacy for everyone

Previous work highlights

For many years I was responsible for financial audits for non-profit real estate development.  I owned and operated my own quilt and knitting shop for several years. I worked for both a sweater and bridal manufacturer and was a supervisor of stitchers as well as a pattern maker.

Favorite book

I love all books!

Fun fact

 I was one of less than 20 girls in the first co-educational class in my high school in 1971.

Education

BS from University of Vermont, Clothing, Textiles and Design
MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management

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Featured Blog Posts

October 4, 2022 Wendy Vaulton, Associate Director for Reading Recovery and Early Interventions

A is for Assessment: Considerations for linking assessment and instruction

Educational researcher Rachael Gabriel notes that a truly scientific approach to reading would acknowledge that “each student will require different kinds and degrees of support for component skills and the many processes of literacy” (Gabriel, 2021). But how do we uncover the kinds and degrees of support that will be most effective for individual students? Our best shot starts with assessment that is authentic, asset-based, actionable, and anti-racist. Think of these characteristics as a framework, wherein each facet supports the other in the development of responsive teaching.

September 14, 2022 Maria Nichols, Author & Consultant

Engaging Hearts and Minds Through Purposeful Talk

Create conditions and supports for engaging hearts and minds in ways that build depth of meaning making, compassion, and critical process for all students, including our youngest learners.

September 2, 2022 Cindy Downend, Associate Director of Literacy Programs

Focus on Phonics: Five Tips for a Successful Beginning with Phonics, Spelling and Word Study Lessons

Daily systematic explicit phonics instruction is essential for students to learn how to read effectively. Consider these five pointers for organizing your time and materials from the Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Systems.