Founder & Executive Dyslexic, NoticeAbility
Dean Starbuck Bragonier is the Founder and Executive Dyslexic of NoticeAbility Inc, a nonprofit organization that designs and delivers proprietary curricula to students with dyslexia. Grounded in social-emotional learning, executive function methodology and project management techniques, NoticeAbility offers authentic inquiry experiences in vocational subjects that cater to the neurological strengths of the dyslexic mind: entrepreneurship, engineering, architecture and narrative storytelling (film, literature and stage).
Shaped by the challenges associated with his dyslexia and after struggling through the traditional secondary education system, Dean became a diligent and successful college student who developed a true love of learning at Bates College. Upon graduation, Dean embraced his entrepreneurial instincts and acquired a small seasonal restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard Island that he transformed into a successful full-scale enterprise. It was through this endeavor that he was able to contextualize his years of laborious academic learning and discover the true gifts of his dyslexic mind.
As a social entrepreneur, Dean has founded his own nonprofit organizations and served as board member and advisor to a number of others. NoticeAbility is the culmination of Dean’s passion for education and his conviction that the advantages of dyslexia far outweigh its associated challenges.
Under ideal circumstances, students with dyslexia receive an early diagnosis and the remediation they need to become competent readers. Despite these positive outcomes, however, many students will languish under the stigma of dyslexia and fail to build the self-esteem needed for life long success. This is all about to change: With the proliferation of technology, the emphasis on social emotional learning, and the neuroscientific documentation of the dyslexic advantage, educators are positioned to empower this population in a way that has eluded society for more than 200 years.
NoticeAbility is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students with dyslexia identify their unique strengths and build self-esteem. NoticeAbility incorporates the neuroscience of dyslexia, the best practices of special education, and the technology of Silicon Valley to construct learning curricula and teacher training programs for global distribution. In this session, Dean will walk attendees through NoticeAbility’s methodology and give a demonstration of its curriculum.