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Fletcher Forum

The mission of The Rankin Institute's Fletcher Forum is to increase public awareness and understanding of learning disabilities. This event is an annual presentation by a nationally recognized expert in the field of learning disabilities. It is underwritten by corporate and individual sponsors and is open to the public at no charge. The Fletcher Forum provides education and enrichment to teachers, other professionals, parents and community members.

The Twenty-fourth Annual Fletcher Forum

featuring Devin M. Kearns, Ph.D.

Tuesday, February 28, 2023, 7:00pm


Please click here to register for this year's Fletcher Forum.

About Devin M. Kearns, Ph.D.

Devin M. Kearns, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the  University of Connecticut (UConn). He researches reading disabilities—including dyslexia—in school age children. His research focuses on developing reading instructional programs to support students with reading difficulty—with a focus on linking educational practice to cognitive science and neuroscience. Devin is a research scientist for the Center for Behavioral Education & Research at  UConn and for Haskins Laboratories at Yale University. He collaborates with researchers in special education, neuroscience, and cognitive science. Devin and his colleagues examine the neurobiological change that occurs as students learn to read. They are also developing new reading interventions designed to help students read words better by teaching about their meanings. They examine how the interventions affects students’ academic outcomes and patterns of cognitive processing. Devin has seven years of classroom experience as a teacher, literacy coach, and reading specialist. He continues to help schools and districts implement high-quality reading instruction—including demonstrating how to implement evidence-based reading instruction. 


Laura Boggess
The Rankin Institute at The Fletcher School
704-365-4658, ext. 1119


Devin M. Kearns, Ph.D.