Dr. Karen Erickson is Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill, focused on understanding the best ways to assess and teach reading and writing to children with the most severe disabilities. As a special education teacher, Dr. Erickson has worked to support students with a range of disabilities in a variety of classroom settings, particularly students who do not use speech as their primary means of communication.
Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is an assistive technology specialist with more than 30 years of experience working with children and adolescents with significant disabilities. She has taught courses at several universities, authored a number of books on educational topics, and presented thousands of workshops throughout the world. She is also a founding member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).
Don didn’t read his first book until the 9th grade after he was inspired by a very special teacher. He learned to make “movies in his mind” which was the key to his learning. This was influential in the visual supports in Readtopia. Don has wanted to bring visual learning to other student his whole life. Now it’s a reality! Don made Readtopia his full-time passion, driving the development forward. He embedded himself in many Readtopia videos, talking directly to students on-location from around the world!
Jerry Stemach is a writer and Special Educator who has worked with middle and high school students and adults learning English as a second language for more than 30 years. He has served students with language and learning disabilities as a Speech and Language Pathologist, an Assistive Technology Specialist, and as a Special Education teacher.
A writer and editor, Helen has been creating content for students for 18 years. She’s covered social science and science topics from ancient Rome to space exploration for educational outlets including Teacher’s Curriculum Institute and National Geographic School Publishing. She has a PhD in history and loves a good library, but she also finds writing inspiration outdoors–like when sledding down sand dunes in the Mojave Desert or swimming in Crater Lake.
Mary Krenz specializes in early childhood development and adult learning strategies. She has worked in the educational publishing field for 23 years developing training and sales programs. As the Director of Professional Services for Don Johnston Incorporated, Mary trains the consultants that deliver Don Johnston PD, and also works with schools and districts to design implementation plans. Mary also manages the development of literacy curriculums, including overseeing the design and content for both the teacher and student materials.
Carol Seibert has worked with educational software and technology for over 30 years, specializing in educational research and development, software design and professional development. Carol holds her degree in Elementary Education/Special Education, co-founded a non-profit Learning Support service in her local community, and is co-author of educational software targeted at developing reading fluency.
Mike has worked as a photographer and filmmaker for over 20 years producing films for several education organizations including the Discovery Channel and Disney. Mike’s work has taken him through much of the world. He has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, watched a sunset from the Acropolis, dodged howler monkeys in Brazil, explored the Ngorongoro Crater, and marched with soldiers in American Civil War re-enactments. When he is not shooting videos for Readtopia, Mike is busy photographing sports. He is the official photographer for several sports teams and for a series of international triathlons. In 2010 he was selected to work at the Olympic games — he was based in Whistler and was assigned to work at the cross-country skiing venue.
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|We Collect||Why we collect it||Required|
|Name||Allows Administrators an easy way to identify their educators so they can manage educator accounts.||No|
|For login purposes, to reset your password in the event that it is forgotten, and communication purposes.||Yes|
|Password - only if account is created with an email from a non-third party integrated service such as “Google Sign-In”.||Login purposes||No - If a third party integrated service such as “Google Sign-in” is used, no passwords are stored. If a service such as Google Sign-in is not used, a password is required.|
|Unique identifier provided by a third party integrated service, such as, but not limited to, “Google Sign-in”.||Allows educators to sign in with Google Sign-in, Yahoo login, Microsoft account, Office 365 account, and other providers.||No|
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No Student Accounts exist (and no data is collected).
No parent accounts exist (and no data is collected).
No Child Accounts exist (and no data is collected)
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All data stored on our servers is encrypted. All transmission of information is encrypted and protected using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Passwords are stored using a hash function. We also use physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to secure your data.
In the event that your Personal Information may be compromised, we will attempt to notify you electronically so that you can take appropriate protective steps.
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We reserve the right to modify the Terms at any time, but you will be notified on Readtopia’s login page or by some other means. We will not change the Terms in any material way without providing notice of the change via email to you and obtaining consent to any new uses. If you do not agree with the new terms, you may reject them, but you will need to terminate your account and/or stop using Readtopia. Your continued use constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms.
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You will provide true, accurate, complete, and updated account information. You may not create an account with the name or email of another person without that person’s prior authorization. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account. If you learn of any unauthorized use of your account, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Don Johnston Incorporated reserves the right, but will have no obligation, to investigate your use of Readtopia in order to determine whether a violation of the Terms has occurred or to comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request.
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The only materials allowed to be used after termination are Graphic novels printed and distributed to students during the duration of the subscription. All other materials printed during the duration of the subscription are to be destroyed.
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If you are a Child User, you may not create an account. If we learn we have collected personal information from a Child User, we will delete that account and all associated information as quickly as possible.
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