Nancy Young B.A., M.Ed.

Nancy Young is an experienced educator and speaker with extensive knowledge of evidence-based approaches to teaching reading, spelling and writing for both the general classroom and intervention programs.


Nancy provides consulting services to schools and individual families across Canada and the United States. This includes teacher PD and coaching, reading/spelling/writing assessment (Level B), IEP planning, and reading/spelling program evaluation and development. Her speaking engagements cover a wide range of audiences, including parents, teachers, administrators and businesses, and are delivered in-person and online to global audiences.


Nancy’s areas of specialty include dyslexia, giftedness, ADHD, and ELL. Her extensive training includes a Bachelor of Education Degree in Elementary Education (giftedness focus) and a Master of Education Degree in Special Education (dyslexia focus). Nancy is currently a doctoral student (Ed.D. in Cognitive Diversity). She is a certified teacher (British Columbia, Canada) and a certified Structured Literacy Teacher (Center for Effective Reading Instruction, US). Nancy is a member of the International Dyslexia Association, The Reading League, Scientific Studies of Reading and the National Association for Gifted Children.

Nancy is the author of Secret Code Actions™: A Resource to Support Learning to Read and Spell the English Language. A "dictionary for the code" which includes snapshots of the instructional essentials most children need to learn the code, this unique tool presents ways to teach and practice reading and spelling skills using fun and creative physical movement. Written to support both teachers (Teacher Edition, August 2016) and parents (Parent Edition, March 2017), this resource can be used alongside any reading/spelling instruction or practice to improve skills while having fun – and moving!

Nancy is also the author of the Ladder of Reading, an infographic showing the ease at which children learn to read irrespective of IQ. Nancy’s Ladder of Reading is now being used by educators and parents all across the world to better understand the importance of evidence-based reading instruction for all children and the particular needs of children with dyslexia.

I recently had the pleasure of participating in one of Nancy’s two-day professional development workshops. It was centered on her new book  “Secret Code Actions” and offered a fun, and informative approach to literacy instruction. Nancy is a dynamic and engaging speaker and her workshop presented fascinating information about brain science and reading. She promoted collaboration and connection with other teachers, and presented many hands-on active activities throughout. I left the workshop feeling invigorated and excited to apply my new knowledge in the classroom. I would highly recommend this fantastic learning opportunity!

Lindsay C.

Teacher in B.C., Canada

I am so glad to have a copy of your book.  Meeting you has been instrumental in changing my practice.  I have no formal training in this area so I am just trying to soak up everything you have taught.  I have really enjoyed learning from you. 


Kindergarten teacher, BC, Canada

I had the opportunity to hear Nancy present at the International Dyslexia Association's (Ontario Branch) first national conference in 2016. As a parent of a child with dyslexia, and a dyslexic myself, Nancy's presentation really resonated with me. She clearly understands the educational and emotional needs of dyslexic students and parents, and offers a very hopeful message: dyslexic children want to learn to read, and they can to learn to read with the right teaching techniques. Words to live by! On a practical note, Nancy also provided information sheets to help parents communicate effectively with educators. Thank you Nancy!


Parent in ON, Canada

I attended a two-day workshop featuring Nancy and her new book. It was the most informative workshop I have been to about teaching children to read...this workshop was fascinating and explains so much about how the brain has to change in order to learn to read. I can see how teaching the "Secret Code Actions" of the complicated English language will provide my students with a meaningful connection to the phonemes and graphemes involved in learning to read. Thank you again, Nancy, for a great workshop.


Teacher in B.C., Canada

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