Our Strategy

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.

Core Tasks

In order to achieve our mission, our research efforts are spread across 5 core tasks: 

  • experiment

  • measure

  • plan variation 

  • adapt with teachers


In addressing these core tasks, we draw on a variety of literatures and methodologies 

Current Publications

Using a Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART) to Develop an Adaptive K–2 Literacy Intervention With Personalized Print Texts and App-Based Digital Activities

This study employs a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) design to develop an adaptive intervention with personalized print and digital content for kindergarten to Grade 2 children (n = 273). In Stage 1, we ask whether it is better for children to receive an adaptive intervention based on (a) 10 conceptually coherent texts or (b) 10 leveled texts on a range of topics. 

Reading Resources

We share resources aligned to our research on literacy and evolving work in K-3 classrooms. We are working to add resources to this page so be sure to check in periodically!


         Highlighted Resource:  

Check out the first of a READS Lab 5-part video series on literacy.  What is reading?, investigates the question, what are the key components of reading?