Joshua Lawrence and Jacy Ippolito started collaborating ten years ago when both were working as literacy coaches and researchers in the Boston area. They were approached by the Massachusetts Department of Education to develop a set of materials to support adolescent literacy across the Commonwealth. These materials became the basis for a series of professional development workshops that they offered, which grew into ongoing collaborations with schools across the state, including Brookline, Acton, and Newburyport public schools, among many others.
This work has now formed the basis for a new endeavor—Reading Ways—led by Josh Lawrence. Reading Ways brings a new approach to working with schools nationwide to grow a network of expert coaches and literacy instructional leaders.
Josh is an expert on school program implementation and applied educational research. He completed a three-year postdoc at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During his time there he led a randomized trial of the Word Generation program with Dr. Catherine Snow. One lesson from that work was that how schools choose to implement instructional change is just as important as the quality of the program or strategy a school chooses to adopt. He was subsequently hired and tenured at the University of California, where he published extensively on how middle schools adopt cross-content-area reading programs, and how these initiatives can improve vocabulary and reading scores. Most recently, Josh has moved to the University of Oslo where he lives with his wife and young family.
Jacy completed his doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on literacy coaching and school reform. He is a national leader in coaching and professional learning. He has published over a dozen articles on coaching and school leadership, written or edited five books on adolescent literacy or instructional leadership, and currently co-directs the program on Educational Leadership at Salem State University where he also serves as department chair. Jacy advises Reading Ways on matters related to coaching and professional learning.