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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

February 1, 2023 Gen Arcovio

4 Easy Tips for Efficient, Effective Interactive Writing Lessons

Interactive writing is an engaging way to build children’s understandings of sounds, letters, words and how they all work together to create a meaningful message. What are some ways you have made your interactive writing lessons effective and efficient?

December 21, 2022 Allison Briceño

Developing Justice-Oriented Readers

Kids, Books & Anti-Racism Series featured speaker Allison Briceño breaks down ways teachers can use justice questions to develop justice-oriented readers.

December 15, 2022 Spring 2023 Online Graduate Courses

Spring 2023: Online Graduate Courses

By enrolling in an online graduate course, you have the flexibility to learn at your own pace!