Staff Directory

GEETHA SHANTHA RAM (DR)

  • Director
  • General Management
  • RETA Registrar
  • Jurong Point Learning Centre
  • Rex House Learning Centre
Director SpLD Assessment Services, English Language and Literacy Division & Staff Professional Development
Registrar, Register of Educational Therapists (Asia), APJDD Executive Editor, Dyslexia Association of Singapore
DAS Academy Academic & Examination Board Member
Dr Geetha Shantha Ram joined the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) in 2004. Since 2013, she holds the position of Director of the English Language and Literacy (ELL) Division. In her capacity as Director, Geetha has played a key role in enhancing the ELL Programmes, which include the Main Literacy Programme (MLP), through the implementation of the Essential Literacy Approach and the integration of the MLP curriculum. Geetha is committed to providing targeted support for students with specific needs, which led her to develop two additional programmes: iReaCH, which offers higher-order skills intervention, and iStudySmart(TM), which guides upper secondary and post-secondary students in developing critical executive functioning and study skills. Her oversight extends to the SpLD Assessment Services and Staff Professional Development division, where she has been instrumental in developing professional pathways and ensuring quality assurance of all educational efforts. Geetha also serves as the head of the DAS Research Committee and is the Registrar of the Register of Educational Therapists (Asia) (RETA). Prior to her current role as Director, Geetha served as Assistant Director of the DAS Academy and continues to share her expertise by presenting at various local and international conferences. Geetha holds a Doctorate in Education, a Master’s in English, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction). Her recent research explores twice-exceptionality – the coexistence of giftedness and learning disabilities, which acknowledges the strengths and immense potential of learners with learning differences. With almost two decades of experience supporting individuals with dyslexia, Geetha is dedicated to providing high-quality services that redefine their potential and encourage them to appreciate their unique abilities.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Doctor of Education
  • Master of Arts (English Studies)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction)
  • Sound-Write Practitioner


CONFERENCES

  • Academy of Orton Gillingham Practitioners Conference Oral Presentation (2008)
  • Break Through Dyslexia (BTD) Keynote presentation (2015)
  • British Dyslexia Association (BDA) Oral Presentation (2018, 2021); Poster presentation (2015)
  • International Dyslexia Association (IDA) Oral presentation (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2023); Poster Presentation (2015, 2019, 2023)
  • Language, Learning and Literacy Conference (Australia) Oral Presentation (2017, 2018)
  • Learning Disabilities Academic Seminar (Thailand) Invited speaker (2017)
  • Madras Dyslexia Association Symposium Keynote presentation (2023)
  • UNITE SpLD (Singapore) Oral Presentation (2015), Keynote presentation (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)


PUBLICATIONS

  • The integrative Technology Initiative (ITI) at the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS) publications/120-research-journal/apjdd-vol-3-no-2-July-2017/34-4-the-integrative-technology-initiative-iti-at-the-dyslexia-association-of-Singapore-DAS.html
  • Evaluating reading and spelling performance of students with dyslexia using curriculum-based assessments and teacher perception https://www.DAS.org.sg/publications/204-research-journal/apjdd-vol-5-no-1-jan-2018/174-5-evaluating-reading-and-spelling-performance-of-students-with-dyslexia-using-curriculum-based-assessments-and-teacher-perception.html
  • Preventing teacher burnout and promoting job satisfaction and retention: work values in teachers of learners with dyslexia in relation to organisational initiatives. https://www.DAS.org.sg/publications/239-research-journal/apjdd-vol-6-no-1-jan-2019/228-3-preventing-teacher-burnout-and-promoting-job-satisfaction-and-retention-work-values-in-teachers-of-learners-with-dyslexia-in-relation-to-organisational-initiatives.html
  • Hewes, D., & Shantha Ram, G. (2020). Dyslexia, Entrepreneurship and Education in Singapore. In B. Pavey, N. Alexander-Passe, & M. Meehan (Eds.), Entrepreneurship, Dyslexia, and Education: Research, Principles, and Practice (1st ed., pp. 57–73). Routledge.
  • Shantha Ram, G. (2023). Dyslexia in Singapore. In G. Elbeheri & L. Siang (Eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Dyslexia in Education (1st ed., pp. 261–273). Chapter 32, Routledge.

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