Bonnie Robb, Ed.D., with an emphasis in Neuroeducation

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Bonnie Robb, Ed.D, began her teaching career in 1995 after graduating from University of Portland. Since that time, she has been a first-grade teacher, second grade teacher, reading specialist, and district-wide math elementary math teacher leader and trainer. In 2016, she received her doctorate degree from the University of Portland. Her dissertation was titled: A Paradigm Shift in Classroom Learning Practices to Propose Methods Aligned with a Neuroeducation Conceptual Framework. Prior to her Ed.D., Ms. Robb completed her Master’s degree and added a Reading endorsement and ESOL endorsement to her classroom certification. She has primarily worked with children in poverty, children of color, and English Language Learners (ELL). After seeing a growing achievement gap between children diagnosed with special learning needs and general education students in the classroom, Ms. Robb began collaborating with Dr. Ellyn Arwood to more effectively reach all learners by understanding Neuro-Semantic Language Learning Theory (NLLT) and implementing Viconic Language Methods™ (VLM). These inclusive strategies were very effective in helping Ms. Robb guide all students to academic success. Educators from throughout the country visit her classroom to observe these innovative and inclusive strategies. This collaboration produced a teaching manual titled Make It Visual in the Classroom, and article published in ESL Magazine as well as numerous trainings and presentations. In 2008, Ms. Robb’s classroom success garnered the notice of the Oregon Department of Education and the Milken Family Foundation who named her Oregon Teacher of the Year in 2008. She was honored again as one of only 25 educators nationwide in 2011 to be awarded the Kappa Delta Pi Teacher of Honor award. Currently, Ms. Robb is a teacher in Portland Public Schools and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Portland.