Development of STARI was led by Lowry Hemphill (Wheelock College) through a SERP collaboration with Harvard University and four Massachusetts school districts. The research reported here was supported by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, through Grant R305F100026 to the Strategic Education Research Partnership as part of the Reading for Understanding Research Initiative. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not represent views of the Institute or the U.S. Department of Education.



Research and Development Lead

Lowry Hemphill (Wheelock College)



Courtney Harter

Meenakshi Khanna

Jayne Ogata


Program Development Contributors

Anne McDonough

Jennifer Thomson


Development Manager

Allie Huyghe


Graphic Design/Media

David Dudley

Matt Ellinger

George Gumulinski

Pooja Thacker


Program/Research Support

Brittany Baker

Avery Jones

Emily Schwartz

Kristen Smith



James Kim (Harvard University)

Margaret Troyer (Harvard University)



Suzanne Donovan, Project PI

Maria LaRusso, CCDD Project Director

Catherine O’Connor (Boston University)

Catherine Snow (Harvard University), Project PI


Special thanks to the teachers, administrators, and students who were essential to the project, but who cannot be named for confidentiality reasons. Thanks also to the many research assistants who assisted throughout the project.

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