Martha “Marty” Hougen, a longtime MCPER principal investigator and researcher, has been awarded the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Margaret Byrd Rawson Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award recognizes IDA members “whose work on behalf of IDA embodies Margaret Rawson’s compassion, leadership, commitment to excellence, [and] fervent advocacy for people with dyslexia, and whose work is nationally recognized as furthering the mission of IDA,” according to the IDA website.
Hougen was a key member of MCPER for many years. Most recently, she led the College and Career Readiness Initiative: English/Language Arts Faculty Collaborative. She also worked with the CEEDAR Center at the University of Florida and, before that, was a teacher and school administrator. Currently, she is “a national consultant collaborating with state leadership and institutions of higher education to improve educator preparation in the implementation of the science of reading and instruction” and serves on the board of the Center for Effective Reading Instruction, according to an IDA announcement.