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Activate Your Own Literacy Innovation through Science and Math

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About Us

Established in 2017, EdInnovations offers a series of workshops, presentations, webinars, tutoring, and products to provide assistance in action research and strategic planning for creating, monitoring, or developing tailored literacy programs related to science and math curricula. 

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About Our Lead Designer and Presenter  

Leslie A. Birdon is a twice National Board-certified educator with more than 25 years of experience. Her range of experience includes working in both rural and urban settings with at-risk student populations in Texas and Louisiana. 

In 1994, she graduated from Northwestern State University with a BS in Microbiology and Minor in Chemistry.  At the University of Texas in 2002, Ms. Birdon received a MAT in Science Education with a specialization in Environmental Geosciences.  

Ms. Birdon feels that all children are entitled to college and career opportunities, including exposure to advanced coursework. Thus, she has presented more than 20 workshops and presentations on various topics, such as scientific inquiry, literacy, RTI, effective data analysis, professional learning communities, instructional coaching, and mentoring as well as school improvement and accountability at local, regional, and national conferences/professional development summits

Throughout her career, Ms. Birdon often surpasses district and state norm scores on standardized exams in Dallas, Texas. Researching better instructional techniques, her testing scores reflected improvement by reaching 64% proficiency in 1996. In the following years, her students continued to show improvements, increasing to 82% in 1997 and 90% in 1998 and resulting in the one of the highest for Dallas public schools.

In her role as a mentor teacher and K-12 STEM Curriculum Director in Irving from 1999 to 2002, the 8th grade students were 80 to 91% proficient on the TAKS state exam as well as the second highest state proficiency in biology.

In her past capacity as a mentor teacher in Louisiana, Ms. Birdon’s classes moved from 23% to 63% proficiency in meeting their benchmark goal for a district developed test in 2014. As a result, her students continue to improve with 80% in 2015 and 92% in 2016.

While working in dual roles as an Associate Principal and Curriculum Director, two schools showed an increase 6 to 10 SPS point gain as well as another rated the second highest improvement rate for grades 3-8 in 2009 and 2010 within Louisiana Recovery District.

Managing a 1.5 million dollar literacy grant for a rural parish as K-12 Curriculum

Coordinator and TAP Master Teacher, the district was rated 2nd highest in literacy growth for Louisiana for two years.

Within this same time frame, Ms. Birdon and the school team were awarded by Louisiana Department of Education for implementing a top performing Teacher Advancement Program at the school level.

Her peer-reviewed publications involve research on constructivism and its effects on curriculum design and instructional practices. She has recently submitted to a national blog on connecting literacy to science for Aligned-Achieve the Core called Welding Literacy into
Scientific Instruction.

In her community, Ms. Birdon advocates at the school, district, and state level to help write and implement standards and curriculum as a District Lead Science Teacher and State Science Teacher Leader Advisor for the Louisiana Department of Education. Her greatest joy of education is “to teach students to see the vitality in themselves.”

Throughout her career, Ms. Birdon has served in various capacities, including:

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  • Adjunct Professor
  • Advanced Placement Vertical Team Lead Teacher
  • Science/Math Department Head

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  • Assistant/Associate Principal
  • Gifted Education Coordinator
  • K-12 District Literacy Coordinator

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  • National Board Certification Candidate Provider
  • New Teacher Project Seminar Leader
  • K-12 School Turnaround Specialist

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  • Region 10 Mentor Teacher
  • STEM Curriculum Designer
  • TAP Master Teacher

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