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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Jackie E. Relyea

Assistant Professor, NC State University, College of Education

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Jackie E. Relyea | Assistant Professor, NC State University, College of Education

Jackie E. Relyea served as a postdoctoral research fellow at the READS Lab at Harvard. Her research focuses on academic language and literacy development of students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Her current research involves investigating a classroom-based intervention model that emphasizes the integration of literacy instruction in content-area subjects to develop language-minority students’ domain-specific knowledge, academic language and literacy, and higher-order thinking skills. Prior to joining to the READS lab, she held research positions at various research institutions, including UNC-Chapel Hill, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, MetaMetrics Inc., and the University of Houston. She is currently an assistant professor of literacy education at North Carolina State University.

John Richards

Lecturer on Education

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John Richards | Lecturer on Education

John Richards is a senior executive in education, technology and media with extensive experience in business development and strategic planning. He is an internationally recognized leader in merging media and technology with educational needs, and has designed and published award-winning educational materials in mathematics, science, and social studies. He is currently President of Consulting Services for Education (CS4Ed), which provides strategic planning and product development for such clients as Discovery Education, AGS Publishing, PBS TeacherLine, and WGBH Teacher Domain. Previously, he was President of the JASON Foundation for Education, and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Turner Learning, Inc., the education arm of Turner Broadcasting. Richards received his doctorate in Philosophy at SUNY Buffalo in 1971, and conducted post-doctoral research at SUNY in Mathematics in 1972.

Julia Rowley

Research Assistant

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Julia Rowley | Research Assistant

Julia Rowley is a middle school English Language Arts teacher in Boston. Julia also facilitates a graduate course at BU centered on teaching classic and contemporary texts. She received her Ed. M. from the Language and Literacy Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2021 while working with the AERID lab on the Identity Project and its corresponding PD curriculum, E4. Before attending HGSE, Julia received her undergraduate degree from Boston University in English Education and minored in Linguistics, where she completed an honors thesis on diversifying literary curriculums in US schools.

Meredith Rowe


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Meredith Rowe | Professor

Meredith Rowe is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). She leads a research program on understanding the role of parent and family factors in children’s early language and literacy development. She is particularly interested in uncovering how variations in children’s early communicative environments contribute to language development and in applying this knowledge to the development of intervention strategies for low-income families. For the past 10 years, her work has been funded by grants from the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her work is published widely in top journals in education and psychology, including Science, Child Development, Developmental Science, and Developmental Psychology.