About the Presenter

Richard Cooper, Ph.D., Director and Founder of the Center for Alternative Learning, earned his doctorate in Education at the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters degree in Guidance and Counseling at Inter American University in Puerto Rico.  Richard Cooper is also the owner of Learning disAbilities Resources, a firm that produces and distributes educational and motivational materials for individuals with learning differences.  He established these organizations to provide services for individuals with learning disabilities and their families, and also teachers and other professionals interested in learning problems.

Dr. Cooper is the author of a number of books and articles about learning disabilities, problems and differences.  He has developed a number of teaching methods and instructional tools for individuals who learn differently and he is internationally known as a speaker and instructor on a wide range of topics about learning problems and techniques for helping both children and adults to improve their skills.  Dr. Cooper has presented at national and international conferences and also at summer teacher training institutes around the country.  In addition he has conducted courses for adult education teachers and training workshops for faculties at many colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and neighboring states.  Dr. Cooper is a frequent speaker at elementary, secondary and technical schools’ in-service days.  He has developed a number of graduate level courses on learning problems for teachers that he has offered at Penn State University, the University of South Carolina, Louisiana State University and Universities in South and North Dakota.

In Pennsylvania, Dr. Cooper provides statewide training to adult educators through the Learning Differences Center, an initiative funded by the Bureau of Adult Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education.  As part of this project he travels the state providing training and technical assistance on screening and teaching adults who have learning differences.  He has visited a number of prisons, training educators and teaching inmates. 

As part of his private practice, Dr. Cooper conducts screenings for learning problems and disabilities, specialized tutoring for children and adults who learn differently and counseling to help individuals and families deal with the issues which often arise when a person has a learning problem.  He is on staff at a mental hospital where he provides educational therapy.  Since Dr. Cooper is bilingual he also provides these services and conducts trainings in Spanish.

Dr. Cooper is the past president and treasurer of the National Association for Adults with Special Learning Needs; he also was a founding board member of this organization.  He was a member of the U.S. Observer Delegation to the 5th International UNESCO Conference on Adult Education in July 1997 in Hamburg, Germany.  He made a presentation at the International Dyslexia Conference in Uppsala, Sweden in August of 2002 on Alternative Math Techniques. 


Dr. Cooper Presenting in University of Uppsala Lecture Hall

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