Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Nonie Lesaux's research focuses on promoting the language and literacy skills of children from diverse linguistic, cultural and economic backgrounds. Her research formed the basis for a reading proficiency bill passed in Massachusetts and informs her work across the country leading teams of district and state leaders, center directors, administrators, and teachers focused on strengthening their Pre-K to 3rd initiatives. Lesaux recently served on the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council's Committee on the Science of Children Birth to Age 8 and is the chair of the Massachusetts' Board of Early Education and Care. Lesaux serves as co-director of the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative at HGSE.