Closing literacy gaps related to children’s family background and economic circumstances is a challenging task at many levels. Many programs show promise at a small scale or in a particular context, but may not work when applied elsewhere, or are difficult to implement on a larger scale. One size does not fit all for solutions to helping our disadvantaged children. Identifying effective reforms that improve literacy outcomes for disadvantaged children and adaptively scaling them in different communities and settings is an implementation challenge as well as a program design undertaking. Leaders in education must work together with stakeholders to identify problems, solutions, and implementation strategies that result in effective and scalable literacy reforms.
In order to achieve our mission, our research efforts are spread across 5 core tasks:
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In addressing these core tasks, we draw on a variety of literatures and methodologies. Currently, we are implementing this strategy as part of our work on the MORE study.
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Sharing Our Findings
In an effort to advance the field, we share our findings through publications and replication toolkits.
We believe that ". . . researchers can make every study count by learning from both replication success and failure to improve the rigor, relevance, and reproducibility of intervention research" (Kim, 2019). For this reason, we are committed to making our findings and research data available to other researchers. Consistent with the principles of Open Science, we include open data, open materials, and preregistration info, with preregistration occurring BEFORE implementation.