My teaching is called "direct instruction" which means during the lessons the students and teacher participate together in the lessons. As I know and as you probably also know there are many "parts" to reading that must go together to make a good readers. But if someone misses one part or doesn't understand a part then it messes up understanding the other parts. So, in the way I teach we have separated all the parts. Then we take each part separately, learn each one well and then go to the next part. After every lesson you keep a chart showing your progress as your reading skills grow-its exciting and some of my students tell me it is fun!
I am a teacher and a professor who likes to show students who believe they are poor readers that actually there is a better way of teaching that will make them good readers! I have worked with 100's of students over 20 years and most finish the lessons not only good at reading but also enjoying it. I don't start you all over as a beginning reader so no worry about that. You help me find out what makes reading hard and together we go to work getting rid of it.
Mark A. Hopper, Ph.D., ACSW
Specialized in: Education & Human Services, Administration and Consultation
Independent Consultant and member of the American Grant Writers Association with a history of providing comprehensive reviews of grants submitted to state and federal agencies, as well as foundations. Well-versed in regulatory matters, specifically federal grant guidelines and a track record of adhering to and establishing strict compliance standards during the grant reviews and grant writing processes which have resulted in timely proposal submissions and securing funding. Specialization in reviews for federal and state educational and social service grant proposals. Extensive background in clinical social work and special education for at risk children and youth. History of facilitating private and charter school accreditations and certifications. Taught Students (K-8) with serious learning and behavioral deficits in special education schools that are operated in conjunction with multi-service child and adolescent residential treatment centers. Experience with Headstart as referring agent and Member of Policy Council. Administered and supervised day treatment programs in early childhood (including autism and developmentally disabled).
Teaching: Special Ed & College Students | Behavior Management for at Risk Students | Special Ed. Curriculum
Social Services |Child Welfare | Grant Writing/Management |Regulatory Compliance |Instructional Technology
Notable Grant Review Projects:
DHHS-Administration for Children and Families: Served as Peer Reviewer for Administration on Children, Youth and Families-Children’s Bureau Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families (HHS-2019-ACF-ACFY-1559)
Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (HHS-CMS): Healthy Kids 2019 Peer Reviewer; Served as a Peer Reviewer for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (HHS-CMS) “The Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreements Program” (CMS-1Y1-19-(concealed information)). The program provides for funding opportunities to reduce the number of children who are eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and to improve the retention of eligible children who are enrolled in the programs. Review was from February 1, 2019 through March 20, 2019.
U.S. Department of Education: Reviewed grants and guided state DOEs through the process of qualifying for formula grants that required scientifically validated evidence-based reading curriculums under the Reading First Initiative of the No Child Left Behind Act.
Louisiana Department of Education (DOE): Collaborated with the DOE, New Orleans Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and Charter School applicants to qualify for federal funds to expedite efforts to rebuild the New Orleans school system after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
New York State Department of Education (DOE): Served as a member of a three-member team to work with the New York City LEA to bring their grant proposal for federal Reading First funding into compliance. Managed tenuous relationship between the DOE and LEA amid public scrutiny over the initial rejection of funding by the LEA, the subsequent rejection of the incomplete proposal submitted after the federally-mandated deadline, and then demands by the LEA to the DOE to curtail federal compliance statutes. Certified eligibility after the NYC LEA agreed to come into compliance with the federal mandates.
North Carolina Department of Education (DOE): Reviewed local school district applications for funds under the Reading First initiative and provided district schools with assistance to review non-compliant applications and bring their applications into compliance.
Casey Family Programs Foundation: Collaborated with another consultant to conduct a major review, analysis and report on the program's population of children and youth that the foundation served throughout multiple states. Project stemmed from a concern from the foundation administration of the variety and level of psychotropic drugs being administer across multiple sites that served foster care children. Compiled data on foster youth’s demographics, dosage and type of psychotropic drugs, medical, educational and social factors. Conducted on-site review in multiple offices across several states of 20% of the foster youth’s medical, social and educational records at each location. Provided exit feedback to each Director and aggregated data for a final report that included analysis and recommendations to foundation headquarters staff.
Ph.D. Special Education (Instructional Technology Minor) – Utah State University
MSW (Master of Social Work), Child Welfare – University of California at Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts, History (English Minor) – College of Idaho
Diploma, General Education – Boise Junior College
Chief Executive Officer
Flex Data Solutions
Developed an Enterprise-level electronic health record (EHR) for small and medium enterprises, providing the same technical capabilities as larger entities at significantly lower cost, ((with advanced big data integration and analysis capacity that can handle agency quality management and quality assurances and, when integrated with artificial intelligence, possesses the capacity to implement value-based care.
Henderson, Hopper & Associates, LLC (dba Tri-H Consultants)
Consulting Company specializing in training and implementation of quality measures for students and patients, as well as providing continuous quality management for Health and Human Services and Educational Agencies.
Chief Executive Officer
San Diego Center for Children | San Diego, CA
Directed multi-service children's agency, comprised of 180 employees and a $7 million annual budget, and served as President of the Agency's Foundation. Managed the Center’s operations and supervised teachers and taught students (K-8) qualified through an IEP who were admitted to the Center’s accredited special education school.
Executive Director, Director of Program Services
North Idaho Children's Home, Inc. (renamed to Northwest Children’s Home) | Lewiston, Idaho
Managed operational budget of $6.5 million and 140 FTE staff. Managed the Center’s operations and supervised teachers and taught students (K-8) qualified through an IEP who were admitted to the Center’s accredited special education school.
Children's Services Consultant
Region V Department of Environmental and Community Services | Twin Falls, Idaho
Child Welfare Worker
Kootenai County, Idaho Department of Environmental and community Services | Coeur-d'Alene, Idaho
Boundary County, Idaho, Department of Environmental and Community Services | Bonners Ferry, Idaho
Canyon County, Idaho, Department of Environmental and Community Services | Caldwell, Idaho
Certifications & Affiliations
Certified Evaluator, National Validation
For Title III Projects Funded under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Board Member, San Diego Family Justice Center Foundation & Camp Hope
A one-stop service center for domestic violence, child physical and sexual abuse victims that was designated as a national model for replication in 15 other cities.
Member, American Grant Writers’ Association (AGWA)
Advisory Board, Casey Family Program (Private Not for Profit Foster Family Program), San Diego, California.
San Diego County Commission on Children and Youth Subcommittee to Establish Protocols for Management and Treatment of Children and Adolescents Committing Sexual Offenses.
Steering Committee for Comprehensive Study, San Diego County Mental Health Services for Children and Youth
Area Representative/Chairman, Idaho Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Council
Member of Idaho Planning Committee for Children and Youth Services
Steering Committee for the NW Regional Child Welfare Training Center
Chairman, Governor’s Commission on Children and Youth, (Idaho)
Head Start Policy Council, Lewiston, Idaho/Clarkston, Washington
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