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Pledger Fedora, Ph.D.

Professor

Pledger Fedora, Ph.D., is the Professor/Director of the Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy in the School of Education at Manhattanville College. The Rose Institute for Learning and Literacy was established through a gift to Manhattanville College by Sandra Priest Rose to teach multisensory learning methodologies to graduate students.

Dr. Fedora previously worked as an Assistant Professor in the Educational Studies Department in the College of Education at Seton Hall University. She was a classroom teacher and resource teacher in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Alabama at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Dr. Fedora has extensive training and experience with phonics instruction at the K-12 and higher education levels. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE) and was professionally trained in an International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) accredited training course for the professional preparation of multisensory structured language education specialists.

Her research interests include early intervention, multisensory instruction, and interventions for students at-risk for reading difficulty. She is also interested in the accuracy of teachers' judgments of students' level of risk for reading difficulty in the early elementary grades. She has a B.A. in Art History, a M.Ed. in Reading and Language Arts, and a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on special education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.