Lisa Hansel

director of Knowledge Matters
Speaking at

researchED Washington


With Literacy and Justice for All: Why the Reading Achievement Gap Is Largely a Knowledge Gap

While much of ed reform is focused on narrowing the reading achievement gap, a greater focus on birth to third grade would allow us to prevent that gap from forming. I’ll review the research on why a language-, print-, and knowledge-rich environment is essential for children to reach their potential, and offer highly effective, low-cost strategies, such as interactive read-alouds, text sets, and learning centers that reinforce academic vocabulary.


Lisa is the director of Knowledge Matters. Previously, she was the editor of American Educator, the magazine of education research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers.