Trainer/Instructor, High School Writing Proficiency Workshops; Intern Supervisor; Assistant Developer of Cognitive Training Computer Lab; District Committee, Oral/Speech Arts Curriculum; Language, Speech Specialist, High School (6 years); Language, Speech Specialist, Elementary School (6 years); Speech Pathologist, Rehabilitation and Acute Hospitals, Pediatric and Adult caseloads (10 years); English as a Second Language Teacher (2 years); High School Teacher – English (7 years); High School Speech and Debate Coach (2 years); Extended Opportunities Program (E.O.P.S.) Coordinator, Community College (1 year)
We coach, teach, and create materials that build language and literacy skills as well as learner confidence and independent function.
Grants Awarded: 1) El Monte High School District: for training in Lindamood Bell programs 2) Writing Skills Program Development: El Monte Union High School District 3) Claremont Graduate University Group Grant: Education, Reading, and Research Group 4) Dissertation Award: Claremont Graduate University, School of Educational Studies.
PhD., Claremont Graduate University, Claremont Colleges; A.B., University of California, Berkeley; Secondary Education Credential Program, California State University Los Angeles; M.A., Communication Disorders, California State University Los Angeles; C.C.C. (Certificate of Clinical Competence, American Hearing and Speech Association, A.S.H.A.); Professional Clear K-12 California Credential, Language Arts and Social Science, California State University, Los Angeles; California Clinical Rehabilitation Services Credential
Dr. Davis-Perkins has presented and published on topics that include: student engagement; tapping neuro-linguistic skills to ease the writing process, building independent, confident writers; the language of effective teaching; and selecting books appropriate to developmental age. Her experiences include: co-creator of the Talk/Write (Using Talk to Write) workshops and pilot; an educational consultant to high school staff; a speech- language specialist in schools as well as hospitals, and high school English teacher. She has presented for: the California Speech Hearing Association (CSHA), the California Association of Bilingual Educators (CABE), and The Tutor Group Radio Show, among others. Maria is the lead author of the Talk/Write Manual, a teacher training manual developed from a research based pilot study conducted in Barstow, California. The manual provides teachers with instructional methods and sequenced activities that help struggling writers tap existing oral language (neuro-linguistic) skills to ease the writing process.