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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Halie Olson

Ph.D. Candidate and Reasearch Assistant

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Halie Olson | Ph.D. Candidate and Reasearch Assistant

Halie Olson is a PhD candidate in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at MIT. She uses neuroimaging methods such as fMRI to study language and literacy development in children. Halie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology from Harvard College.

Ola Ozernov-Palchik

Lecturer on Education

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Ola Ozernov-Palchik | Lecturer on Education

Ola Ozernov-Palchik, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral associate at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), studying reading development and dyslexia. Ola applies neurocognitive methods to investigating individual differences in dyslexia in emerging readers. She is interested in the interplay between children and their environment in shaping the development of reading skills. The reciprocity between research and real-world practices is an important goal of her work.

Sarah O’Dell

Project Coordinator, FSU

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Sarah O’Dell | Project Coordinator, FSU

Sarah O’Dell manages project operations for the Reach Every Reader screener including school recruitment, staff recruitment and training, data collection, and reporting. Sarah received an MSW in Clinical Social Work with an additional graduate certificate in Cultural Competency in Disaster Recover from Florida State University in 2007. She has since worked at the Florida Center for Reading Research in a variety of roles across projects, and most recently at the FSU College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine studying women’s mental health and child welfare.

Scot Osterweil

Research Scientist, MIT Education Arcade

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Scot Osterweil | Research Scientist, MIT Education Arcade

Scot Osterweil is a Research Scientist at the Education Arcade and the Game Lab in the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program. He has designed games in both academic and commercial environments.  Designs include the Zoombinis series (math and logic), Vanished: The MIT/Smithsonian Game (environmental science), Labyrinth (math), Kids Survey Network (data and statistics), Caduceus (medicine), and iCue (history).  He is a founder and Creative Director of Learning Games Network ( where he led the Gates Foundation’s Language Learning Initiative (ESL), and where he designed Quandary, named Game of the Year at the 2013 Games for Change festival. He co-authored the book Resonant Games (MIT Press) and serves as the play consultant on the Amazon TV series Tumbleleaf.