MIT and Harvard team up for childhood literacy

Children reading in a personalized learning program

Reach Every Reader aims to provide schools, teachers, parents and students with the necessary tools to face early literacy challenges.

Research reveals that the student’s inability to read adequately in early educational stages affects learning onward. To address this early literacy crisis, MIT, Harvard and Florida State University team up to ensure that all children read well enough by the end of the third grade.

Reach Every Reader is the name of this collaboration that aims to provide schools, teachers, parents and students with the necessary tools to solve this critical learning challenge. The MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili), the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the Florida State University (FSU) will research personalized learning and intervention to improve childhood literacy.

This new collaboration between MITili and HGSE synergizes MIT’s strengths in science and engineering with HGSE’s expertise in the education of children. In addition, working with researchers in the Florida Center for Reading Research and College of Communication and Information at FSU will help us gain expertise in early literacy screening and assessment.
— John Gabrieli. Director of MITili.

According to HGSE’s announcement, this partnership will create diagnostic web tools, detect intervention opportunities in favor of better reading at home and at school, develop tools that support practitioners and parents, and design solutions for other challenges facing education.

At MIT, we approach the problem as scientists and engineers: by seeking to understand the brain science of how learning happens, and by building innovative technologies and solutions to help. We are delighted to be able to contribute in these ways to the exciting collaboration behind Reach Every Reader.
— MIT President L. Rafael Reif.

The goal of Reach Every Reader is to ensure kindergarten readiness, third-grade literacy and math, high school transitions and post-secondary success applying instructional strategies around personalized learning.

To boost the scope of this effort, the Chan Zuckerberg initiative, co-founded by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, will fund Read Every Reader with a $ 30 million grant.