Siena Assumes Leadership Role in International Dyslexia Association

Aug 04, 2011, 10:00 ET from The Siena School

Erik Heyer, founder of The Siena School, to join board of directors

SILVER SPRING, Md., Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Siena School ("Siena") announced today that Siena's founder, Erik Heyer, was appointed to the board of directors of the International Dyslexia Association ("IDA").  The IDA board is a cross-section of individuals concerned with the issues of dyslexia, including some of the nation's leading dyslexia scientists, educators and researchers. Siena becomes one of only five private schools in the nation represented on the board.


"We are very excited to welcome Mr. Heyer and The Siena School to the IDA board," said Guinevere Eden, Ph.D., president of the IDA board of directors.  "In a very short time, Siena has distinguished itself as a national leader in the field of dyslexia education.  Erik's unique background in business, education and social entrepreneurship will be helpful to us as we work to strengthen and build IDA's programs and services for its members."

"It is an honor and a privilege for Siena to be represented," said Mr. Heyer. "The fact that IDA is seeking our input at a national level speaks volumes about the incredible job our faculty and staff are doing with the students at Siena. The team has worked very hard to identify, develop and implement the best educational and operational practices from around the nation.  We look forward to sharing our experiences and expertise, and collaborating with our peers in IDA."

About The International Dyslexia Association
The International Dyslexia Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of dyslexia as well as related language-based learning differences.  The organization operates 45 branches throughout the U.S. and Canada, and has 21 global partners in 18 countries.  For more information, please visit

About The Siena School
The Siena School is a private day school in Silver Spring, Maryland serving bright, college-bound students with mild to moderate language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia.  Siena's staff and board of advisors include distinguished national, state and local education leaders and professionals.  The school was established in 2006 and serves students in grades 4 – 12.  Siena delivers an individualized educational program featuring small class sizes, research-based instructional methodologies, a highly trained staff and an educational environment specifically designed to meet the unique needs of our students.  For further information, please visit

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