i.t.a. Foundation Elects New President


Last May, Shelley Jerviss, i.t.a. coordinator in Houston Public Schools, may have thought she was retiring after 43 years as an educator, but that plan was short lived. On April 6, 2017, Shelley was elected President of the i.t.a. Foundation in New York.

With her years of teaching experience and advanced training as a K-12 Reading Teacher, Shelley brings a wealth of experience to her new role. When Houston High School received its first i.t.a. grant in 1994, Shelley enthusiastically joined the leadership team.

She was elected to the Board of Directors of the i.t.a. Foundation in 2001 and has frequently served as a trainer for new i.t.a. programs sponsored by the Foundation.

Additional information about Shelley’s appointment is at

Engaging with the Page: Saint Mary’s Program Teaches Kids New Ways to Read

Kyle Farris Daily News Sep 29, 2016


Alonna Conrad has always struggled to read and write.

Most children learn to spell first by sound, replacing those auditory spellings with the proper ones in their first couple years of school. But Alonna, who is in fifth grade, is just now learning to do that.

She’s not alone.

Every year at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, 50 or so children from area K-12 schools attend a literacy clinic…READ MORE

5th Annual i.t.a. Foundation Conference

Attendees at the 5th annual i.t.a. conference in Winona, Minnesota, August 17-18, participated in a full day of workshops on Interventions for Struggling Readers. The first day ended with a cash-prize contest to see which team could search and find the highest number of resources on our new i.t.a. Foundation website ( designed to be a one-stop shop for reading, spelling, and written language interventions.

The pictures in the following slide bar show the conference participants during the conference. For information about the conference proceedings, including the website contest questions that you may want to peruse, see links below.

Website Search Contest Form

The workshop sessions were followed by a morning of working with students practicing the research-based protocols for remediation of dyslexia in older students and prevention of reading failure in younger children. Conference participants rotated through stations on spelling by sound using i.t.a., spelling by pattern, Repeated Oral Assisted Reading, and vocabulary development. At each station, children from Saint Mary’s University i.t.a. Literacy Clinic served as teachers. The pictures in the following slide bar show the children and conference participants working with the i.t.a. intervention protocols.