Mike McKay is a retired superintendent of the Surrey County schools district in British Columbia, Canada.
He was a public educator for 35 years. The area he supervised has over 160 languages spoken.
You can imagine it would be difficult to measure the potential problems with language and reading development in such a large and diverse region.
But back in 2008 he attended a conference hosted by Scientific Learning Corporation, where he saw the research behind the Fast ForWord programs.
When he came back, he asked his board to trust him, and give him $300,000 to get started. It was bold pitch. Mike tells the story of how things have panned out in this Learning Capacity podcast episode: