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Working with schools, researchers and educators to implement writing education best practice




Dr. Leslie Laud, Ed.D.

Instructor, Bank Street College of EducationResearch: Served as IES & EIR Principal Investigators

Dr. Leslie Laud (M.A., special education, Ed. D., curriculum & teaching, both from Teachers College, Columbia University) has studied data informed decision making, structured language instruction (Orton-Gillingham) and self-regulated strategy development for writing. In her 30-year teaching career, she worked as a special educator, learning specialist then staff developer, focused on structured writing instruction. She has also worked with Dr. Charles Haynes at Mass General Hospital’s reading specialist’s program on structured writing instruction. She also taught graduate courses at Teachers College, Columbia University and at Mass General Hospital.  She publishes studies in peer-reviewed journals and presents often on how progress monitoring can inform writing instruction. She now consults in schools, districts and states to support scaling structured language instruction for writing. 

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Harvard-Kent Elementary School

Mark Silva, Principal
Heidi Clement, Assistant Principal


Everett Public Schools

Bill Donohue, Special Education Director


Hanover Public Schools

Anastasia Frank, Reading Specialist


Alumni & Past Participants

Graduate Research Assistants
Jess Frost
Emily Komarow
Emily Moran
Erika Romagnoli
Meghan Samyn
Rhiannon Smith
Olivia Thompson

Summer 2020 Graduate Clinician Team
Jess Frost
Kayla Kenney
Sarah Maron
Rosa Ortega
Sydney Peskin
Erika Romagnoli
Meghan Samyn

Fall 2020 Graduate Clinician Team
Alison Chan
Samia Elahi
Ali Hanson
Courtney Jones
Nicole Cortes
Alessandra Verdi
Kristen Wehara
Charlotte Lesure
Kelly Walton
Priscilla Grillakis
Lindsay Marino
Jillian McCann

Past Graduate Clinicians
Elise Gallegos
Mika Genotossio
Rachel Sepulveda
Yuliya Katsman
Libby Kaczmarek
Heidi Blackham
Courtney Perrigo
Meghan Kean
Jennifer Garcia
Sammantha LaRochelle
Holly Holtz
Libby Lee
Michael Maloney
Natasha DeNovi
Ilanna Newman