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Give back to HGSE and support the next generation of passionate educators and innovative leaders.

Reach Every Reader

Our Work


Every child deserves to read.
A student who fails to read adequately in first grade has a 90 percent probability of reading poorly in fourth grade, and a 75 percent probability of reading poorly in high school. Together, we aim to make significant progress in solving the crisis in early literacy. The most effective interventions for at-risk readers work best when implemented early, before they fail.

We are building solutions for readers.
We are collaborating with leading edge researchers, expert practitioners, and students and families to build a simple, effective solution that ensures every student can unlock the wonder of words and stories. The solution includes:


Reach Every Reader

We are working together, differently.
Reading is essential for all forms of learning, but many students complete elementary school with inadequate reading ability. To date, there has been little progress made in helping all students gain the necessary reading proficiency despite advancements in research and pockets of success in practice.

Our collaborative approach is designed to build better solutions by blurring the traditional boundaries —- working elbow-to-elbow with practitioners, researchers, and technologists across organizations, all in service of students. We start with an understanding that learners are different. Some solutions will work for some learners in some contexts, and some will not. We strive to understand what is working for whom and why, and how do we use that knowledge to help those readers, as well as future readers? Our model ensures that the most effective research and innovations are helping students and practitioners to diagnose and anticipate challenges and to design, iterate, and implement solutions.

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Our Collaborators


Supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the grant forms a dynamic partnership between the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili). They are joined by colleagues with a wealth of expertise in cognitive science, reading, technology, and practice at HGSE, MITili, and Florida Center for Reading Research and College of Communication and Information at Florida State University.

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Elizabeth City

Executive Director, Reach Every Reader

Christopher Dede

Faculty Adviser and Project Lead, Reach Every Reader

John Gabrieli

Faculty Adviser and Project Lead, Reach Every Reader

James Kim

Project Lead, Reach Every Reader

Joseph Blatt

Project Lead, Reach Every Reader

 

Get Involved


Learn More
If you would like to learn more about Reach Every Reader, please contact us at reacheveryreader@gse.harvard.edu.



 

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