Meet the Team

The Reach Every Reader Team

Reach Every Reader’s core team is comprised of literacy, early child development, cognition, technology, and product development experts from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, MIT’s Integrated Learning Initiative, and Florida State University. We collaborate with many other educators, families, researchers, and industry partners to create, test, and implement our work.

Leadership Team: Joe Blatt, Rhonda Bondie, Hugh Catts, Elizabeth City, Chris Dede, Jeff Dieffenbach, David Dockterman, Jon Fullerton, John Gabrieli, James Kim, Eric Klopfer, Yaacov Petscher, Amanda Taylor

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Chris Dede


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Chris Dede | Professor

Chris Dede’s fundamental interest is developing new types of educational systems to meet the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. His research spans emerging technologies for learning, infusing technology into large-scale educational improvement initiatives, developing policies that support educational transformation, and providing leadership in educational innovation. He is currently conducting funded studies to develop and assess learning environments based on virtual worlds, augmented realities, transformed social interaction, and online teacher professional development. Chris is a leader in mobile learning initiatives and has developed a widely used Framework for scaling up educational innovations. From 2001 to 2004, he served as chair of the Learning & Teaching area at HGSE.

Cody Diefenthaler

Manager of Interactive Development, FSU

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Cody Diefenthaler | Manager of Interactive Development, FSU

Cody Diefenthaler has spent over a decade exploring the intersection between interactive media and learning. As Manager of Interactive Development, Diefenthaler coordinates technical production and game activities for the Reach Every Reader Screener. When not designing software and games, Cody spends his time in Tallahassee, FL playing music, creating art, and having adventures big and small with his partner and two children.

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Colleen Desrosiers Laude

Administrative Assistant, MIT STEP Lab

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Colleen Desrosiers Laude | Administrative Assistant, MIT STEP Lab

Colleen joins the STEP lab as the Administrative Assistant, her responsibilities are to supervise equipment inventory, organize lab events, and manage the Director’s calendar. Prior to joining MIT she spent over nine years working at Harvard University. She holds a B.A. in English and Theater from Goucher College and earned a Professional Graduate Certificate in Learning Design and Technology through the Harvard Extension School in 2018.