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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David Dockterman

Lecturer on Education

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David Dockterman | Lecturer on Education

David (affectionately known as Dock), a lecturer at HGSE, brings his 35+ years of experience in developing and scaling commercial, evidence-based technology programs, to the Reach Every Reader effort. During his time at Tom Snyder Productions, a pioneering edtech company he helped found in the early 1980s, and then at Scholastic and HMH, Dock contributed to supplemental, intervention, and core programs, including MATH 180, READ 180 Universal, and Into Reading. He continues to consult with commercial and nonprofit educational organizations, while teaching courses in evidence-driven innovation and adaptive learning. He received his BA from Yale University and an Ed.D. from HGSE.

Jeff Dieffenbach

Associate Director, MIT Integrated Learning Initiative

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Jeff Dieffenbach | Associate Director, MIT Integrated Learning Initiative

Jeff Dieffenbach is the Associate Director of the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative, which funds, connects, and shares research on effective human learning across birth-preK, pK-12, higher education, and workforce learning. Previously, Jeff has served in senior product management, business development, sales, and marketing roles across a range of education companies. In addition, Jeff served for ten years as an elected school board member in a suburban town west of Boston. Jeff has master’s degrees in Technology and Policy and in Materials Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jesse Dalton

Data Management Specialist, Center for Education Policy Research

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Jesse Dalton | Data Management Specialist, Center for Education Policy Research

Jesse Dalton is a data management specialist at CEPR. Previously, he worked as a research analyst at the Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy, where he managed data and ran analyses across multiple projects. His work included creating and cleaning physician group data to measure the effectiveness of accountable care organizations, defining hospice chains to examine the expansion of the for-profit hospice sector, and analyzing the effects of mergers and acquisitions on patient experiences at acquired hospitals. He graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in economics and international relations and a M.A. in economics.