In the summer of 2000, Gordon Sherman, then director of the Dyslexia Research Lab at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and faculty member in Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, traded his lab coat for a chalkboard (and SmartBoard) to lead The Newgrange School into the new millennium. Dr. Sherman’s Ph.D. is in Developmental Psychobiology; his research focused on development of the brain and the understanding of developmental dyslexia. He is the author and editor of over 80 scientific articles, reviews, and books.
Translating research to practice has been the holy grail for decades among researchers and educators focused on dyslexia, and now, in conjunction with his staff, this goal is being achieved at Newgrange. Gordon is exceptional in the dyslexia community for combining an in-depth research background with the development and implementation of instructional methodologies.
As part of the Ann Robinowitz Education Center activities and in collaboration with Education Director Dee Rosenberg, Gordon has shared unique developments with teachers, administrators, and researchers around the country.
Prior to coming to Newgrange, Gordon was also the President of the International Dyslexia Association (and since 2010 is back on the IDA board). During his first year at Newgrange he was the recipient of the Samuel T. Orton Award, presented annually to a person who has made a dramatic impact in the field of dyslexia. In 2012, The Sienna School in Silver Spring, Maryland gave him their Lifetime Achievement Award for service to the learning disabled community.