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Wendy Vaulton

Associate Director for Reading Recovery and Early Interventions

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

I love working with teachers and school leaders to help them find new ways to use all kinds of data to support improvement. A big part of my role is to help build capacity to measure and monitor change in ways that are meaningful and useful to the people doing the work. I get to learn about schools in their own context and then help them set goals and create systems to monitor their progress. As if that isn’t enough, I then get to step back and work with amazing colleagues to consider how the lessons learned in one context may support others. I have the greatest job at the Center.

What I believe in

I believe in writing in the margins, dog-earing the pages, and savoring every word.

Previous work highlights

Before joining the Center, my work primarily focused in the area of homelessness. I worked as an evaluator on several projects seeking to end chronic homelessness for adults and families. Through those projects, I was able to support stakeholders across diverse and complex systems of care including hospitals, housing, education, and employment as they tried to improve, adapt, and learn.

Favorite book

The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton

Fun fact

Bananas are berries but strawberries aren’t.

Education

Ph.D. from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management

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Featured Blog Posts

October 4, 2022 Wendy Vaulton, Associate Director for Reading Recovery and Early Interventions

A is for Assessment: Considerations for linking assessment and instruction

Educational researcher Rachael Gabriel notes that a truly scientific approach to reading would acknowledge that “each student will require different kinds and degrees of support for component skills and the many processes of literacy” (Gabriel, 2021). But how do we uncover the kinds and degrees of support that will be most effective for individual students? Our best shot starts with assessment that is authentic, asset-based, actionable, and anti-racist. Think of these characteristics as a framework, wherein each facet supports the other in the development of responsive teaching.

September 14, 2022 Maria Nichols, Author & Consultant

Engaging Hearts and Minds Through Purposeful Talk

Create conditions and supports for engaging hearts and minds in ways that build depth of meaning making, compassion, and critical process for all students, including our youngest learners.

September 2, 2022 Cindy Downend, Associate Director of Literacy Programs

Focus on Phonics: Five Tips for a Successful Beginning with Phonics, Spelling and Word Study Lessons

Daily systematic explicit phonics instruction is essential for students to learn how to read effectively. Consider these five pointers for organizing your time and materials from the Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Systems.