To empower all children to reach their full potential by launching their educational journey with the power of literacy and languages.
Square Panda was co-founded by Andy Butler after he and his family struggled to find resources to support their daughter, who has dyslexia. Unable to find learning tools that both engaged and benefitted her, Andy created games to help her identify letters, begin to spell, and learn to read.
In the process, Andy discovered that most children—not only those struggling with dyslexia—need support when learning to read and that early intervention is essential. His journey inspired the development of Square Panda. The company has since evolved into an award-winning phonics system that engages beginning readers in research-based learning games.
Square Panda is dedicated to helping children worldwide across skill sets and socioeconomic backgrounds learn to read, write, and communicate, with an adaptive platform that creates a joyful learning experience based on innovative teaching practices. We are committed to helping solve the literacy problem for millions of people from every corner of the world.
Dr. Jan Blacher, Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education, University of California Riverside
Director, SEARCH Family Autism Resource Center
Dr. Blacher is nationally known for her research on developmental disabilities and her expertise in autism and special education programming. Her research, which is longitudinal in nature, focuses on the family context of children and adolescents with and without developmental disabilities, including predictors of later psychopathology. She has published on family coping in Anglo and Latino families and is currently studying the cultural context of autism and the transition to early schooling for children with autism.
Carol Levins, Founder and CEO, Creative Kids Learning Centers
Carol founded Creative Kids in 1980 and nurtured the company to become the largest family-owned child care center chain in Nevada, operating eight centers and employing over 160 people. She recently sold the company to Learning Care Group, the nation's second largest educationally oriented daycare center. Carol has a wealth of hands-on knowledge regarding educational strategies for children in the Square Panda target age range. She holds a Masters in Education.
Dr. Bruce McCandliss, Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
Dr. McCandliss uses the tools of developmental cognitive neuroscience to study individual differences and educational transformations in key cognitive skills such as attention, language, literacy, and mathematics. He is currently the head of the Educational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at Stanford University. He holds a Ph.D. in Neurology from the University of Oregon.
Dr. Eugenia Mora-Flores, Professor of Clinical Education, USC Rossier School of Education
Dr. Mora-Flores teaches courses on first-and-second-language acquisition, Latino culture, reading and writing foundations, and literacy development. Her research interests focus on developing the language and literacy skills of English learners in grades K-12. She is the author or co-author of books on balanced literacy for English learners in grades K-2, writing instruction for English learners, and connecting content and language for English learners.
Dr. Ayindé Rudolph, Superintendent, Mountain View Whisman School District, California
Before joining the Mountain View Whisman School District in 2015, Dr. Rudolph served as the Associate Director of School Transformation at the Buffalo Promise Neighborhood, where his achievements were recognized by President Obama and Secretary Duncan. He has also served as the principal of a traditional high and middle school, a K-8 elementary school, a charter school, a countywide arts magnet school, a Title 1 school, and a STEM high school funded by Bill and Melinda Gates.
Dr. Melanie Schuele, Professor, Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University
Dr. Schuele's research focuses on the development of language and literacy skills in children with specific language impairment (SLI) and explores complex syntax development in children with SLI between five and seven years of age and typical children between three and five years of age. Her research on early literacy acquisition explores the effectiveness within school-based settings of multitiered layers of instruction and intervention provided to children with early literacy difficulties, particularly children with language impairments.
Dr. Hua Shu, Professor Emeritus, Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University
Dr. Hua Shu is a professor in the State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University. Her research interests include the universal and specific aspects of reading acquisition in Chinese compared with alphabetic languages; the core deficits of Chinese dyslexic children and the underlying brain mechanisms; and how factors such as cognitive skills, vocabulary, genetic, and familial factors affect and predict reading failures.