People Behind the Project

Principal Investigators

Suzanne Donovan

Catherine Snow (Harvard University)


Kurt Fischer (Harvard University)

Lowry Hemphill (Wheelock College)

Stephanie Jones (Harvard University)

James Kim (Harvard University)

Maria LaRusso, Project Director

Jonathan Osborne (Stanford University)

Robert Selman (Harvard University)

Jennifer Thomson (Harvard University)

Paola Uccelli (Harvard University)

Other Research Contributors

Chris Barr (Harvard University)

Theo Dawson (Lectica)

Gregg Harbaugh (Boston University)

Luke Miratrix (Harvard University)

Catherine O’Connor (Boston University)

John Sabatini (ETS)

Postdoctoral Fellows

Lisa Hsin (Harvard University)

Ha Yeon Kim (Harvard University)

Project Managers

Allie Huyghe

McCaila Ingold-Smith

Jill Joseph

Matthijs Koopmans

Karen Tran

Jennifer Winsor

Program Development Contributors

David Dudley

Matt Ellinger

Susannah Gordon-Messer

Patrick Hurley

Alyse Krantz

Anne McDonough

Jayne Myers

Charlotte North

Alan Stoskopf

Halley Wheeless

Claire White


Bruce Blau

Sophia Boyer

Cara Cassell

Adell Cothorne

Courtney Harter

Meenakshi Khanna

Sherry Lassiter

Carol Mahedy

Jayne Ogata

Erin Ruegg

Halley Wheeless

Graphic Design/Media

David Dudley

Matt Ellinger

George Gumulinski

Keith McDaniel

Pooja Thacker

Jeffrey Whitten

Program/Research Support

Rafiq Abdus-Sabur

Lyan Albino

Brittany Baker

Sophie Barnes

Stacie Beland

Michelle Dionne

Chris Eccles

Chantal Hart

Sibyl Holland

Hazel Inglis

Avery Jones

Grace Jones

Samara Martin

Alia Mullani

Juliana Paré-Blagoev

Heidi Schubert

Emily Schwartz

Robin Shay

Kristen Smith

Joshua Steele

Doctoral Students

Shireen Al-Adeimi (Harvard University)

Silvia Diazgranados (Harvard University)

Brian Donovan (Stanford University)

Leslie Duhaylongsod (Harvard University)

Laura Edwards (Harvard University)

Tracy Elizabeth (Harvard University)

Michelle Friend (Stanford University)

Emily Phillips Galloway (Harvard University)

Ling Hsaio (Harvard University)

Janine de Novais (Harvard University)

Alexis Patterson (Stanford University)

Wenjuan Qin (Harvard University)

Diego Roman (Stanford University)

Zak Stein (Lectica)

Margaret Troyer (Harvard University)

Special thanks to the teachers, administrators, and students who were essential to the project, but who cannot be named for confidentiality reasons. Thanks also to the many research assistants who assisted throughout the project.

This site was originally prepared for districts and teachers who partnered with us throughout the project. While we have updated the text, many of the videos included on this site were prepared during the launch of the study. Although the project has come to a close, we are keeping the site and related videos available for those who are interested to learn more about the project.

The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305F100026 to the Strategic Education Research Partnership as part of the Reading for Understanding Research Initiative. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.

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