Pamela A. Mason is director of the Language and Literacy master's program and the Jeanne Chall Reading Lab and a lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her professional and research interests encompass the effects of text structure on comprehension, the interaction of text complexity and background knowledge, the interaction of literacy learning, culture, and multilingualism, and school-wide literacy program implementation and evaluation, using qualitative and quantitative measures. She has extensive experience as a reading/language arts curriculum coordinator for several local school districts and as an elementary school principal. Mason is active in the International Reading Association, serving as the cochair of the Urban Diversity Committee, and as a member of the Common Core State Standards Task Force and the Program Committee. She also co-edited Promising Practices for Urban Reading Instruction, an IRA publication. She is a past president of the Massachusetts Association of College and University Reading Educators and the Massachusetts Reading Association and serves as the chair of the Studies and Research Committee. She collaborates with colleagues nationally and internationally on preparing reading specialist teachers, implementing literacy coaching, developing school leaders, and evaluating school-wide literacy programs. Mason serves on the Board of Trustees for Cathedral High School, the Board of Directors of Brigham and Womens Faulkner Hospital, and the Board of Trustees of the WGBH Educational Foundation, as a trustee emerita.