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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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.

Satrajit Ghosh

Principal Research Scientist

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Satrajit Ghosh | Principal Research Scientist

Satrajit Ghosh received his BS (with Honors) in Computer Science at the National University of Singapore and his PhD in Cognitive and Neural Systems from Boston University. In addition to his role at the McGovern Institute, Ghosh is an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. He is also the director of Data Models and Integration project of ReproNim, an NIH P41 Center for Reproducible Neuroimaging Computation. He is also a co-editor-in-chief of BMC NeuroCommons, a journal focussed on enhancing the digital Commons for neuroscience through increased data, software, and reproducible results.

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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.

Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel

Principal Research Scientist

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Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel | Principal Research Scientist

Dr. Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel is a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She received her B.A. from Wellesley College in 1965 and her Ph.D. in psychology from MIT in 1975. She was Assistant Professor of Psychology at Cornell University from 1974 to 1979 before joining RLE in 1980.

Dr. Shattuck-Hufnagel investigates the cognitive structures and processes involved in speech production planning, particularly at the level of speech sound sequencing. Her work with speech error patterns and with the acoustic analyses of prosody has implications for cognitive models of speech production and for phonological theory, as well as applications in speech recognition and synthesis.

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Steve Nelson

Senior Manager, MIT Integrated Learning Initiative

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Steve Nelson | Senior Manager, MIT Integrated Learning Initiative

Steve Nelson, Senior Manager for the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative, is passionate about education and learning, having spent the last few years working to improve workplace learning in the corporate world, he is now focused on helping find research solutions to solve education issues from pK-12 to higher education to workplace learning. Steve works with research partners on the campus of MIT to facilitate transformational learning objectives and create educational best practices.

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.