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Nanci Bell

Nanci Bell

Nanci Bell, M.A., is director and CEO of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. Bell has a background in the field of reading, with a Masters in Education from California Polytechnic. She also has extensive experience in the clinical treatment of language and literacy disorders.


Nanci Bell, M.A., is co-founder and director of Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. Bell received her B.A. in Elementary Education and her M.A. in Education, specializing in Reading, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She began as a classroom teacher and then worked in private practice where she gained extensive experience in the treatment of language and literacy disorders.

Interested in finding solutions, and believing that Concept Imagery is a critical factor in language comprehension and analytical thinking, she developed specific steps to stimulate concept imagery. She later applied that research to the development of her program to improve reading fluency and accuracy. In 1986, Bell and Patricia Lindamood founded Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes.

“If we measure sensory-cognitive processing, differentiate the diagnosis, and provide instruction to develop the sensory input of imagery, students can become independent in language and literacy skills. It is inaccurate to suggest that a reading disability is lifelong and cannot be changed. If the brain can change, the behaviors can change.” 

Watch the full webcast, Make Reading Count, featuring Bell, Sharon Walpole, and Isabel Beck discussing the components for developing good reading comprehension skills, identifying potential stumbling blocks, and offering strategies teachers can use in the classroom