Dr. Arthur Whimbey Keynotes Start-Of-School Meeting for
Dallas Independent School District 2001 School Year

On August 1, Dr. Arthur Whimbey delivered a keynote address to approximately 200 school Principals and teaching supervisors from Dallas, Texas Area 9 sub-district at the Dallas Independent School District’s Townview Center. Dr. Whimbey’s address, Improving Analytical Reading, Writing, and Reasoning Skills, was well received by those attending.

In his address, Dr. Whimbey provided an update on Text Reconstruction methods for reading and writing improvement, and called particular attention to recent information from Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana, on its success with Dr. Whimbey’s methods.

Xavier is a small university in New Orleans that, according to Newsweek Magazine (August, 1995) “is clearly doing something special.” Over the past several years, Xavier has become America’s leading producer of African-American medical students; each year more African-American students from Xavier are admitted to medical and dental schools than from any other college in the country. In addition, Xavier has become a major source of African-American science graduates.

From the Project SOAR (Stress On Analytical Reasoning) web site at www.xupremed.cothla.SSA/soar.html:

  • Instruction designed to im-prove those verbal reasoning / critical reading skills used in comprehending textbooks, answering exam questions, and scoring well on standardized tests such as the SAT, the ACT, the Graduate Record Exam, the Medical College Admissions Test, the Pharmacy College Admissions Test, etc. The verbal reasoning portion of SOAR is taught by the method espoused by Dr. Arthur Whimbey… Additional information is available in “Teaching Critical Reading and Analytical Reasoning in Project SOAR,” The Journal of Reading, 24, No. 1, pp. 5-9 (1980).;

  • Instruction designed to im-prove the type of quantitative reasoning skills used on standardized tests such as the SAT, the ACT, the Graduate Record Exam, the Medical College Admissions Test, the Pharmacy College Admissions Test, etc. Quantitative reasoning in SOAR I is taught in the same manner used in teaching verbal reasoning (see above).


Dr. Whimbey and attendees in Dallas

Dr. Whimbey also summarized recent experiences of the Morningside Academy (Seattle), which has obtained large gains on standardized reading tests at numerous sites using a similar approach. In a four-week summer program, students gained 2.5 grade levels on the Nelson-Denny Reading Test and 120 points on SAT. The program was replicated over several summers. Control: Students using another approach made no gains on the Nelson-Denny or SAT.

Dr. Whimbey has recently presented workshops at the International Reading Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and at the College Board.

Upcoming workshops scheduled include Litttleton, Colorado; Seattle, Washington; and Norfolk, Virginia.

As their schedule permits, Dr. Whimbey and Dr. Linden conduct workshops, staff development sessions, and in-service training, and provide consulting on improving analytical reading, writing, and reasoning skills, and improving students’ standard test scores. They can be contacted at the TRAC Institute, telephone (505) 831-2654, or by e-mail at mlinden@uswest.net.

Dr. Whimbey has recently presented workshops at the International Reading Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and at the College Board.

Upcoming workshops scheduled include Litttleton, Colorado; Seattle, Washington; and Norfolk, Virginia.

As their schedule permits, Dr. Whimbey and Dr. Linden conduct workshops, staff development sessions, and in-service training, and provide consulting on improving analytical reading, writing, and reasoning skills, and improving students’ standard test scores. They can be contacted at the TRAC Institute, telephone (505) 831-2654, or by e-mail at mlinden@uswest.net.