Lillie Pope has served as Educational Director and Vice President of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation since 1983. She designed the Foundation’s signature programs to encourage literacy, creativity and joy in learning in pubic schools and libraries across the United States.
Dr. Pope was Founding Director of the internationally acclaimed Learning and Reading Disabilities Program at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn. There, as Director of Psycho-Educational Services, she developed a reading program that focused on prevention and remediation for children who demonstrated 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 directed a successful city-wide program of remedial education. She was also an Adjunct Professor at New York University and Brooklyn College.
Dr. Pope has lectured widely and published numerous papers on mental health and special education. She produced films and workshops for professionals and laypersons in the U.S. and Canada, and in 1981 she received the Mary Hornby Award for her work 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.
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