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What Experts and Users Say

Institutions, experts and users generally have positive comments about PIE. Read them below.

Institutions' Comments
  • The United States Department of Education's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) has a kind message regarding PIE. Read it here.

  • The National Education Association Exposition 2013 (NEA Expo 2013) invited PIE, coinciding with NEA's 150th annual meeting. Read their invitation here. PIE went there and got very positive feedback:

    There was a very positive response from the expo attendees with whom I spoke. I had laid out screenshots of the program in action and the consistent reaction I encountered was one of being impressed. People easily saw the application's usefulness and appreciated its ease of use. [...] The educators I spoke with were from all across the country. Some were teachers, others administrators, others retired. Those who were involved with ESL were quick to appreciate PIE's offering. I had several people tell me that they were very familiar with diacritics, but hadn't seen any that were as accessible as PIE's, and no one claimed to have seen a program of similar capability.

    Adrian Lopez
    Representative of PIE to NEA Expo 2013

  • Broward County Public Schools (the 7th largest school district in the US) formally approved that PIE might be provided to schools in this district. Read their approval here.

  • Hillsborough County Public Schools (the 9th largest school district in the US) has a positive comment regarding PIE:

    “From the comments you shared regarding your program, it appears to have been well received by varied respected instructional and technology educational partners. Upon review of the attached links, we will share the information with the appropriate audiences to determine how the program may support our district's efforts in teaching children to read.”

    Lynn Dougherty-Underwood
    Director of Literacy K-12
    Hillsborough County Public Schools
Experts' Comments
  • “This looks like an interesting study, indeed.”

    Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Language Arts Co-Editor, National Council of Teachers of English
    co-PI NETQ Teacher Quality Partnership Grant
    Director, Ph.D. Program in Early Childhood and Elementary Education

  • “This looks like a useful tool for language instruction.”

    Donna Brian
    Facilitator, LINCS (Literacy Information and Communication System, US Department of Education) Workforce Competitiveness Discussion List

  • “Your system looks intriguing and I am sure that it will be helpful to many ESL students who have had a year or so of classes.”

    Prof. Paul Rogers
    ESL Teacher in Ventura, United States

  • “This looks like a great tool. Thanks!

    Christine Haverington
    Adjunct Professor at Roger Williams University, Owner of Newport ESL Services
    Providence, Rhode Island Area

  • I strongly believe that diacritics can and should be used to help people pronounce English when they are reading.  I find this a very exciting concept; I learned how to read English using diacritics, and I have also found diacritics very helpful in languages I have studied such as Spanish, French, Russian, German, Polish, Japanese, and Latin.

    Paul New
    MA Linguistics, ESL Instructor at Auburn University

  • Wow! This is great! Finally, someone recognizing the need for phonics and bringing it back and forward into the 21st century and beyond to teach READING in English. Thank you.

    Stephanie Morris
    Teacher in Hempstead NY
    Member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

  • Numerous literacy and ESL professionals at relevant LinkedIn groups have "liked" PIE's announcement.
Users' Comments
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