Payne Education Center
10404 Vineyard Blvd., Ste. A
Oklahoma City OK 73120-3739
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Payne Education Center
Mission Statement Payne Education Center trains teachers to prevent reading difficulties in children and to remediate dyslexia, while serving as a resource and referral center.
Payne Education Center trains teachers and volunteer tutors to work with students with reading difficulties.
Contact Information
Contact Name Heather Johnson
Contact email
Address 10404 Vineyard Blvd., Ste. A
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 3739
Phone (405) 755-4205
Fax 405-755-4281
County United States
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How can you play a part in improving literacy in Oklahoma?
  • Support Oklahoma teachers or paraprofessionals by providing course scholarships for courses at our facility.
  • Take an active role in the organization by joining a committee at Payne Education Center.
  • Learn about the issues surrounding the learning needs of the 20% of Oklahoma's children who have dyslexia.
  • Advocate for schools to identify, intervene, and remediate reading difficulties in children, especially those with dyslexia.
  • Encourage Oklahoma legislators and leaders to support and strengthen dyslexia initiatives in our education system.
  • Support Payne's special events – Premier Card and Brain Games – as a sponsor or participant.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $756,450.00
Projected Expenses $751,734.00
History and Background
Former Names
Year Founded 1984
IRS Ruling Year 1986
State Registration Expiration Oct 2020
Mission Payne Education Center trains teachers to prevent reading difficulties in children and to remediate dyslexia, while serving as a resource and referral center.
Payne Education Center was founded in 1984 through a generous endowment from Katheryne B. Payne to raise awareness of the reading condition of dyslexia and its challenges, and to improve the diagnosis and reading remediation of Oklahomans with dyslexia. Dyslexia is a neurological condition characterized by difficulties with accurate word recognition as well as poor spelling and decoding abilities.
To address the learning needs of children at-risk for reading success and with dyslexia, Payne Education Center provides teachers with systematic, sequential, and explicit instruction in the teaching methods of Multisensory Structured Language reading instruction that are based on the science of reading success. Teachers trained in this method are better equipped to teach children to read. Students taught by Payne trained teachers are empowered to become successful in reading, writing, and spelling. Multisensory Structured Language reading instruction is not only effective with struggling readers, but all students, allowing schools to offer reading instruction that works for all learners. Payne offers teachers research-based, “hands-on” strategies to meet the needs of every student — from low performing to gifted.
Quick Facts:
  • Payne has been providing quality, professional training development in reading for teachers for over 32 years.
  • Since 1984, Payne has trained more than 18,000 teachers in Multisensory Structured Language reading instruction methods. Multisensory education incorporates the three learning pathways which are: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual.
  • Payne is the only teacher training center in Oklahoma accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council.
Payne Education Center Programs:
  • Teacher Professional Development in Classroom and Therapy Reading Instruction: available for Pre-K to 6th grade teachers with a primary focus on phonological awareness, letter recognition, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and written composition.
  • Volunteer Tutor Training: Members of the community engage in a 4-hour training, giving them the necessary tools to provide tutoring and practice in reading proficiency for learners of all ages. To date, Payne has trained 360+ tutors in this powerful community-based program.
  1. Financial support to conduct research-based efficacy studies in schools or classrooms where teachers have received Payne training. $50,000 would cover researcher and associated implementation costs over 2-3 years.
  2. Scholarships and financial support to help pay the cost of training Oklahoma teachers. $100,000 annually would allow Payne to reach a much larger audience, provide training for teachers in schools whose budgets have been decimated by severe budget cuts, and make training available to teachers who are outside of the public school system.
  3. Scholarships and financial support for parents, grandparents, and other family members to receive training to practice remediation exercises at home to empower struggling students to catch up and succeed. $10,000 would allow Payne to increase course sizes with subsidized pricing for those in need.
CEO/Executive Director Statement
Those associated with Payne Education Center believe in its vision:
Every child in Oklahoma will be successful in reading, writing, and spelling. This vision becomes a reality by training teachers to be highly skilled teachers of reading, reaching every beginning and struggling reader in Oklahoma.
No child should struggle to read.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Canadian County
Central Oklahoma
Cleveland County
El Reno
Grady County
Lincoln County
Logan County
McClain County
Midwest City/Del City
Nichols Hills
Nicoma Park
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City - downtown
Oklahoma City - East
Oklahoma City - North
Oklahoma City - NE
Oklahoma City - NW
Oklahoma City - South
Oklahoma City - SE
Oklahoma City - SW
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (all 7 counties)
Oklahoma - Statewide
Pottawatomie County
The Village
Warr Acres/Putnam City
Anyone in the United States is eligible for Payne Education Center trainings, but the primary outreach is Oklahoma and its border states.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Diseases Disorders & Medical Disciplines/Specifically Named Diseases
Tertiary Organizational Category Education/Remedial Reading & Encouragement
Energizing Readiness (ER)
Energizing Readiness is a one-day training appropriate for pre-kindergarten and 4-year-old program teachers, as well as early childhood special education teachers and speech language pathologists. This structured, multisensory curriculum focuses on the pre-reading skills of oral language, phonological awareness, letter recognition, and letter sounds. Through the wonder of nursery rhymes, teachers teach children what they need and love to learn.
Navigate Kindergarten (NK)
This two-day training utilizes Payne’s Navigate Readiness (NR) and Crossing the Bridge (CTB) curricula to help teachers meet their goal of making sure their Kindergarten students are ready to read by the first grade.
First Grade Foundations (FGF)
First Grade Foundations (FGF) is a 4-day structured, multisensory, scripted training program that provides all the right ingredients, in just the right amounts, in just the right order for first graders. Through an interactive delivery system, FGF meets the needs of a variety of students, from reading-disabled to gifted.
FGF features instruction in phonological awareness, phonics, oral reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and spelling (including spelling lists). Each lesson contains a decodable story for fluency development and assessment.
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Structured Language Basics (SLB)
Structured Language Basics (SLB) is a five-day training which provides second and third grade teachers with a structured, multisensory, scripted reading curriculum. Through an interactive delivery system, SLB meets the needs of a variety of students, from reading-disabled to gifted.
Structured Language Basics (SLB) features instruction in phonological awareness, phonics, oral reading fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, handwriting, and spelling (including spelling lists). Advanced syllable division and root-and-affix instruction prepares students to confidently attack multisyllabic words. Grammar instruction helps students develop strong sentence writing skills, which eventually lead to strong paragraph composition. Each lesson contains a decodable story for fluency development and assessment. Periodic student assessments occur every 15-20 lessons. Use this strong phonics program to teach the fundamentals of written English.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Morphological Spelling & Vocabulary (MSV)
This one-day training is targeted to fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teachers, Morphological Spelling and Vocabulary (MSV) features a scripted curriculum that serves as a starter program for Structured Word Inquiry. MSV focuses on solidifying and extending students’ understanding of bases and affixes and advancing their abilities to read and spell multisyllabic words. Homonyms, homophones, synonyms, antonyms, and multiple meaning words are also addressed during this one-day training.
Reading Comprehension (RC)
Reading Compreshension (RC) is one-day training for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teachers to learn techniques to strengthen students’ reading comprehension and retention skills.
Power Grammar & Composition (PGC)
Power Grammar and Composition (PGC) is a one-day training for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teachers to learn the basics of teaching grammar and written composition.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Structured Multisensory Language Foundations (SMLF)
Structured Multisensory Language Foundations (SMLF) is a two-year national therapist certification training, which enables skilled educators to use multisensory reading techniques to teach the basic language skills of reading, writing, and spelling.
SMLF is based on the Alphabetic Phonics approach and utilizes the Take Flight: A Comprehensive Intervention for Students with Dyslexia program developed at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, plus Payne-developed materials. SMLF has a high success rate in remediating language-learning differences, including students with dyslexia. First year trainees will attend nine days of training during the summer, and five Saturday seminars over 12 months.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adults
Reading Intervention 101 (RI 101)
Taught by a highly qualified Payne Instructor, tutor training is a beneficial tool for community members who wish to provide tutoring in reading but feel they do not have the confidence or expertise. Payne training includes learning the techniques and necessary materials for working with struggling readers of any age. The focus is on strategies to develop listening, speaking, reading, writing, and vocabulary skills, which help students succeed.
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adults
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Heather Johnson
Start Date June 2017
Senior Staff
Caroline CohenourProgram and Office Manager
David GillilandSpecial Projects Coordinator
Ginny LittleDirector of Certification
Mari SpencerProgram Projects Coordinator
Sandy ThompsonDirector of Education
Number of Full-time Staff 4
Number of Part-time Staff 20
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 40
Staff Retention Rate 85
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 24
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 1
Female 23
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2018
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
  1. Decoding Dyslexia OK
  2. Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition
  3. The Reading Room - Ardmore, OK
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate0
Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)2019
International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC)2019
External Assessments and Accreditations
International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) Accreditation2016
Bill Phillips AwardESCCO2013
CEO AwardThe Journal Record2014
ONE Award NomineeOklahoma Center for Nonprofits2017
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Accident and Injury Coverage
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Medical Health Insurance
Board Chair
Name David Abeln
Company Affiliation American Fidelity Assurance Co.
Term Aug 2018 to Aug 2020
Board of Directors
List Current as of Sept 01, 2019
Board of Directors List
David AbelnAmerican Fidelity Assurance Co.Voting
Becky BrewerFlourish Real Estate GroupVoting
Peggy DuncanCommunity VolunteerVoting
Melanie HansteinMark T. Hanstein, D.D.S.Voting
Marcy KenneyCommunity VolunteerVoting
Dr. Steven KrauseRetired PediatricianVoting
Lynne SchonacherCommunity VolunteerVoting
Dana SchwarzVoting
Amy SewellCommunity VolunteerVoting
Dr. Richard V. SmithMercy Neuroscience InstituteVoting
Diane StoutRetired Reading SpecialistVoting
Julie TobenLuton & Co.Voting
Aaron WebsterAmerican Fidelity Assurance Co.Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Board Development / Board Orientation
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Sept 01, 2019-Aug 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $756,450
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $751,734
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$44,173$95,947$125,809
Unrealized Gain/Loss$177,868$74,036($16,461)
Membership Dues------
Special Events$89,120$89,824$100,711
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$521,268$507,651$525,743
Administration Expense$127,559$152,406$147,261
Fundraising Expense$61,142$38,005$27,859
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.190.881.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses73%73%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue52%33%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$2,322,520$2,189,060$2,270,512
Current Assets$190,845$100,263$147,261
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$23,709$26,136$26,328
Total Net Assets$2,298,811$2,162,924$2,244,184
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities8.053.845.59
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $416,601Earned Revenue $241,127Earned Revenue $315,413
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountRealized & Unrealized Gains/(Losses) $177,868Contributions $115,868Contributions $173,100
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $118,094Investment Income $95,947Special Events $100,711
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments

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Address 10404 Vineyard Blvd., Ste. A
Oklahoma City, OK 73120 3739
Primary Phone 405 755-4205
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Heather Johnson
Board Chair David Abeln
Board Chair Company Affiliation American Fidelity Assurance Co.