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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Alfatah Moore

Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant

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Alfatah Moore | Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant

Alfatah Moore is a Research Assistant in the READS Lab, a research-based collaborative initiative to identify and scale adaptive solutions for improving children’s literacy learning opportunities and outcomes. His interests include the science of reading, interventions for struggling readers, and instructional and pedagogical guidance for teachers. As a Ph.D. candidate, Alfatah focuses on the design of effective reading interventions for K-12 students. He has directly taught students as a reading clinician and has led LEA and district-wide initiatives to deliver interventions at scale.

Douglas Mosher

Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant

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Douglas Mosher | Doctoral Candidate and Research Assistant

Doug Mosher studies literacy interventions for elementary school students. He is particularly interested in vocabulary development for students in the early grades and whether strong vocabulary instruction can foster a love of language. Additionally, he is interested in the ways students acquire domain knowledge through reading and how students transfer this knowledge to other conceptual domains. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Doug worked for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools as a first-grade teacher.

Rebecca Marks

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Rebecca Marks | Postdoctoral Fellow

Rebecca Marks is a postdoctoral researcher at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the MGH Institute of Health Professions. She studies language and literacy development, with a particular focus on bilingual children and children with dyslexia. Her work lies at the intersection of developmental psychology, education, and cognitive neuroscience, where she uses behavioral and neurocognitive approaches to examine how language development lays the foundation for successful reading in linguistically diverse learners. Rebecca holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Education & Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Steven Meisler

Ph.D. Candidate and Research Assistant

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Steven Meisler | Ph.D. Candidate and Research Assistant

Steven is a PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology. He works in Dr. John Gabrieli’s lab at MIT employing multimodal MRI techniques to study the relationship between brain structure and function, focusing on language and child development as models. Steven holds a BSE and MSE in bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.