Frank B. Withrow, Ph.D.
Able Learning Company
A Better Learning Experience Company
108 High Ridge Drive
Stafford, VA 22554
Dr. Withrow has been a classroom teacher, elementary supervisor, researcher,
and an educational administrator. As the Director of Research and Clinical
Services in The Department of Children and Family Services in the State of
Illinois he developed a parent pupil program for deaf infants and their parents.
His research includes electro-physiological testing of hearing in infants,
paired associate learning, immediate visual memory spans, and the uses of programmed
3-D computer generated lessons.
Dr. Withrow was the Director of Development for the NASA Classroom of
the Future from 1996 to 1998. He served in the U.S. Department of Education
from 1966 to 1992 as the Senior Learning Technologist. He administered technology
programs for the disabled including Captioned Films for the Deaf where he developed
captioning techniques for television. In addition he funded the development
of reading machines for blind people. He was the Executive Director of the
National Advisory Committee for Handicapped in 1975 at the time P.L. 94-142
was passed. He served as the Secretarys Liaison for the National Technical
Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute for Technology, Gallaudet University,
and the Model Secondary School for the Deaf.
As a Senior Battelle Memorial Fellow he studied the influence of electronic
media on child growth and development. He developed a demonstration of interactive
cable television programs and edited a book on the influence of television
on child growth and development.
He was the program manager for the Departments television series including
Sesame Street, Footsteps a series on child growth and development for parents
and The Voyages of the Mimi, a multiple media elementary science and mathematics
series. He also directed bilingual television programming that included Hispanics,
French, Native Americans, Asians, and Afro-Americans themes. All programs included
He was the Director of Technology for the Young Astronaut Council where he
developed an on-line series of lessons for students and teachers.
He developed and managed the Star School distance-learning program for the
U. S. Department of Education. He represented the United States of America
as a learning technologist at a number of world conferences, i.e. OECD, UNESCO,
and the Council of Europe.
Dr. Withrow has worked as an adjunct professor at Washington University, St.
Louis, MO, MacMurray College, Jacksonville, IL, and Ohio State University,
He has received many honors and awards including the United States Distance
Learning Associations Leadership award. He is a member of USDLAs Hall of Fame.
He has edited several books and written more than 300 professional articles.
He has made numerous presentations and speeches including keynote addresses
at professional conferences. He has more than 200 video and film credits.
He was on the Board of the Northern Panhandle Head Start Program, Wheeling,
WV. He was a member of the National Board for the National Technical Institute
for the Deaf (NTID) at the Rochester Institute for Technology. He was a Board
member of the Consortium on School Networking (CoSN). The CoSN annual educator
award is named the Frank Withrow Award for Excellence.
He was the Program Manager for two one-hour television specials on the "World
of Work" which were designed to help youth and other people seeking employment
understand the modern clusters of jobs and the training required to obtain
such jobs. He was an advisory to the District of Columbia Public Schools multimedia
project on developing employability skills for youth. He serves as an advisory
to a District of Columbia School Board Member.
He received his BS in Education of the Deaf, MS in Speech and Hearing and
a Ph.D. in Audiology from Washington University in St. Louis. He holds Advanced
Clinical Certification in both Speech and Hearing from the American Speech
and Hearing Association.