Maria De Palma, M.A., is Systems Coordinator/Clinical Research Manager of the Learning Disabilities Research Program at The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto. She has worked with the program for 21 years. In her current position as one of two Associate Empower Directors, she established and directs all aspects of the LDRP’s work in India and the global literacy outreach. She also co-coordinates partnerships with school boards across Canada for both research initiatives and for the roll-out of Empower Reading. She serves as a Senior Teacher Trainer and Mentor for Empower Reading at all levels (elementary, middle and High School) .