Anna Safi has worked with children and adults with learning disabilities and with second language learners for more than 30 years. Over the past 20 years she has been involved in K-12 teacher preparation and training in at Rhode Island College, George Mason University, and Columbia College where she has trained ESL and early literacy educators. Anna has served as a teacher trainer, designed an emergent literacy program for pre-school teachers, and participated in adult literacy initiatives in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Virginia and the Middle East.
Anna has provided reading and English language instruction to students of all ages from primary learners through adult. She is a former university educator, retiring with the rank of Associate Professor. A member of the International Literacy Association, TESOL, and the International Dyslexia Association, Anna regularly attends and gives professional presentations on learning disabilities, phonics, reading and writing instruction.
Anna is skilled in observing, evaluating and providing reading and learning interventions to individuals struggling with reading and language-based learning difficulties. She believes in the importance of collaborating with parents and classroom teachers to build understanding of each child’s strengths and weakness, and to develop meaningful instruction and support.
What does the name ReadingSolutions21 mean? This company name evolved from the owner’s – Anna’s – research and observations of the ways in which young people engage in reading and learning. Most parents with a child under of the age of 30 would probably agree that younger readers interact, get their information, and most importantly learn and read in very different ways.
ReadingSolutions bases its philosophical and instructional premise on this belief that as technology and how we access information changes – so must reading instruction.
Anna still claims that relaxing with a book her favorite pastime and her reading instruction remains grounded in tried and true reading strategies. At the same time she infuses this 21st Century reality into her reading instruction.