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25 Years of SGM / Special Anniversary Offer

by Sheila Moreau August 12, 2016 2 min read

25th Anniversary Square Art

Happy 25th Anniversary to Story Grammar Marker®!

In honor of this milestone,
we are offering a SPECIAL
back-to-school 25% Discount
for all online orders through
September 9, 2016.

   Use Discount Code SGM25 at Checkout

Maryellen Moreau with SGM in 1991It has been 25 years since Maryellen Rooney Moreau, M.Ed. CCC-SLP created the Story Grammar Marker® at her kitchen table and piloted it at the Curtis Blake Day School in Springfield, Massachusetts. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Maryellen was Curriculum Director and co-taught at the Curtis Blake Day School.

Old-Style Graphic OrganizerSGM Teacher MarkerOne day, while co-teaching a writing lesson with third grade children with dyslexia and language learning disabilities, an eight-year-old boy approached Moreau with his conventional “beginning, middle and end” graphic organizer. He had tears in his eyes and said, “I don’t know what to put in my boxes—I never know what to do with my boxes!”

Inspired by this interaction and cognizant of research and experience in language development and early literacy, Moreau designed a hands-on, multi-sensory tool to assist this boy to tell his story. Made of yarn with icons signifying the elements in a story episode, the tool became known as the Story Grammar Marker®—because it helped children to “mark” the parts of the story (story grammar/narrative structure).

Holly Fidrych and Students with MarkersWith colleagues Carolyn West, Ph.D., and Holly Fidrych, M.S., CCC-SLP, Moreau field-tested the tool at the day school and other local public schools. Moreau and Fidrych co-authored How To Use The Story Grammar Marker®, A Guide for Improving Speaking, Reading and Writing Skills Within Your Existing Program to help educators and specialists to learn to use the Story Grammar Marker® (SGM®) tool.

In 1991, Moreau patented the SGM® and founded MindWing Concepts, Inc., three years later to share this methodology with educators and children.

MindWing Display Booth and BooksDuring the next 20 years, MindWing Concepts, Inc. has published more than 17 books and manuals and has developed more than 30 hands-on tools based on this methodology. The Story Grammar Marker® and related tools are in the hands of over a million of children world-wide and Maryellen is an internationally recognized professional development presenter.

In 2014, she received the Alice H. Garside Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Dyslexia Association, Massachusetts Branch (MABIDA) for exemplary leadership, service or achievement in the area of helping children with dyslexia and language learning disabilities.

Maryellen and MindWing Staff at Awards

And a very big THANK YOU
to our colleagues and customers
for helping Story Grammar Marker®
to grow over the past 25 years!

Sheila Moreau
Sheila Moreau

Sheila M. Moreau, M.Ed. is vice president at MindWing Concepts. Her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology is from St. Anselm College and Master’s of Education degree from Cambridge College. Sheila has twenty years of experience in marketing and sales in the telecommunications, commercial real estate, fundraising and educational publishing industries. Sheila co-authored The Essential SGM® with Maryellen Moreau, drawing upon her experience in her graduate studies. Sheila was on the Early Literacy Advisory Board of Cherish Every Child (Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation),; she sits on the Board of Directors for the International VolleyBall Hall of Fame and serves as Co-Chair of Marketing and Sponsorship for the St. Patrick’s Committee of Holyoke, Inc.

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