Upper Arlington Schools instructional leader Andrea Rowson has been named the 2022 Champion of Change by the Central Ohio branch of the International Dyslexia Association for her work in transforming education for students with dyslexia.
In Upper Arlington, Rowson has been integral in the adoption of a new literacy framework that incorporates the scientific research into how children learn to read in order to create a successful outcome for every student.
“Andrea's passion and dedication to literacy is unwavering,” said Upper Arlington Schools Director of Student Services Jaclyn Angle, Ed.D. “She is a leader in the field, and we are honored to have her as an enormous resource and wealth of information for our staff — and that ultimately benefits our students.”
Rowson has also spent countless hours working to make change on the state level. She was part of a team of educators who helped craft House Bill 436, a law passed in 2021 that seeks to improve structured literacy by outlining the components of dyslexia screening of students and dyslexia training for teachers.
Rowson also serves as an associate director at the Children’s Dyslexia Center and is president of the Ohio chapter of the Academic Language Therapy Association.