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Dr. Lillie Pope

Lillie Pope, Vice President of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, designed the foundation’s core programs. Dr. Pope was Founding Director of the internationally acclaimed Learning and Reading Disabilities Program at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn. There she developed a reading program that focused on prevention and remediation for children with learning and behavioral problems in school. Her program served as a model for many organizations with similar goals. As Director of Education and Training at JOIN, a New York City agency offering educational opportunities to school dropouts, Dr. Pope ran a successful city-wide program of remedial education. She also taught classes at New York University and Brooklyn College. An expert on mental health and special education, Dr. Pope received the Mary Hornby Award in 1981 for her work in in the field of learning disabilities. She is the author of two tests and seven books, including Teach Anyone to Read: The No-Nonsense Guide and Wordplay: A Dictionary of Idioms. For more on Lillie Pope, visit Wikipedia.