Leslie Laud, Ed.D. (M.A., special education & doctorate, Columbia University) studied data informed decision making, structured language instruction (Orton-Gillingham) and self-regulation theory. She worked as a special educator, learning specialist staff developer, focused on structured writing instruction. She has also worked with Dr. Charles Haynes at Mass General Hospital’s reading specialist’s program on structured ways to teach sentence writing. She publishes empirical studies in peer-reviewed journals. She now consults in schools, districts and states to support scaling structured language instruction for writing.