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Melissa Fasten

Senior Program Manager

What I like most about my role within the Center is…

My amazing colleagues and working with teachers/educators! I learn from and value every relationship with my teammates. Supporting educators has always been my passion. I believe they have the most important role in the world.

What I believe in

Lifelong learning.

“One child, one teacher, one pen can change the world.” Malafa Yousafzai

Previous work highlights

My entire career has been in higher education specifically within Schools of Education. Before moving to the Boston area, I was employed at Wilmington University in Delaware for 10 years. In this role, I worked closely with faculty and deans on program and university accreditation including data collection, budget, and student support.

Favorite book

Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë

Fun fact

I have a mini book club with my 13 year old son. Jason Reynolds is his favorite author.

Education

BS. Internet Design and Technology
Master of Elementary Education

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Featured Blog Posts

October 8, 2021 Genevieve Arcovio & Rhonda Precourt, Literacy for All 2021 Speakers

Accountability for Independent Reading In-Person or From a Distance

Whether we are teaching in person or from a distance, the following are suggestions that will allow you to partake in genuine meaningful conversations about books and learn more about your students as readers.

September 29, 2021 Melissa Stewart, Literacy for All Conference 2021 Speaker

Tips & Tools for Nonfiction Read Alouds

When it comes to nonfiction read alouds, there’s no rule that says you have to read every single word!

September 22, 2021 Mark Weakland, Literacy for All 2021 Speaker

Extra! Extra! Repeated Reading Builds Fluency

Repeated Reading is the specific (and thus capitalized) routine pioneered by researcher Jay Samuels.