About Steve Tattum
Steve Tattum is LearnUp's Reading Director. For over 40 years, Steve has been a reading specialist, working primarily with children living with dyslexia.
Steve received an undergraduate degree in education at Eastern Illinois in 1969 and received his Master's Degree in Education at George Washington University in 1972 with an emphasis in special education. He is a trained expert in all of the major reading programs (Orton-Gillingham, Lindamood-Bell, Reading Recovery, Slingerland, Wilson, Whole Language, Phonics). He was the reading director at the Denver Academy and is on staff at Sterne School in San Francisco, where his reading program was adopted to help students with learning differences learn how to read.
In 1999, Steve created the Tattum Reading Program as an amalgam of the leading, internationally recognized reading programs for children with reading challenges. By distilling only the best, most effective components of these programs into one systematic, structured and multi-sensory approach, he was able to create one of the most effective and efficient reading programs on the market. While his reading program was designed to help the most low-level reader (those with dyslexia) to read, it can teach any emerging reader to read fluently. As neuroscience research has changed our understanding of how our brains read, Steve has continuously updated and tweaked the program to keep up with the scientific findings and recommendations.
The Comprehensive, Comprehension, Catalyst (C3) program is Steve's latest curriculum and took over two years to create. It is a blend 40 years of clinic experience and of the best approaches to teaching kids to understand what they read.