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Natasha (Axelson) Feinberg, Ed.D. facilitates DBI implantation and provides professional development to the Bristol-Warren Teachers. Creator of Axelson Academy and contributing content developer of the NCII DBI instructional modules, Dr. Feinberg's area of expertise lies in identifying specific student needs and matching research-based interventions and specific progress monitoring tools. She coaches teachers in practical implementation of the intervention and helps them track student growth using the NCII tools.


With an Ed.D. in Curriculum Leadership from Northeastern University, Dr. Feinberg's area of expertise lies in Common Core literacy instruction and teaching reading to all types of learners. Dr. Feinberg is the creator of Axelson Academy, a website and YouTube channel that supports literacy instruction. Axelson Academy is used internationally by The New Teacher Project (TNTP). She has created content for the University of Connecticut's NCII DBI instructional modules. She and Dr. Devin Kearns presented their current research around Tier 2 reading interventions at the 2017 Council for Exceptional Children's national convention in a presentation entitled Long Words: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Explicit Phonics Instruction. Dr. Feinberg is trained in Orton-Gillingham, LETRS (Moats), Project Read, Calkins Units of Study in Writing, Lively Letters, Fundations, LLI, and PALS (Vanderbilt). She is a certified Keys to Literacy Coach (Joan Sedita) and Leadership Renewal Coach (Elle Allison).

Leslie Anderson, M. Ed is the Director of Pupil Personnel Services at the Bristol Warren Regional Schools in Rhode Island. Leslie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics from Rhode Island College, a Master of Education in Special Education and Administration from Providence College.  Leslie has held a variety of administrative and teaching positions in her 39 year career, is a member on the adjunct faculty at Johnson and Wales University, the Special Education Advisory Board at Rhode Island College and plays an active role on both the Math and Literacy State Advisory Boards.

Leslie is the lead on many district initiatives including data based individualization, RTI and social emotional supports for students. In partnership with American Institute for Research, the National Center for Intensive Intervention and UCONN, Leslie been the driving force toward full implementation of data-based individualization both at the district and state level.   Leslie was named the 2017 Rhode Island Special Education Director of the Year and along with her staff named CEC’s DLD Division 2017, Outstanding Educator of the Year.

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Coaching in Reading/Writing Interventions

Consulting for ELA Tiered Curriculum Decision-making

Consulting for DBI/RtI Implementation

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