Every educator deserves to be confident in the resources they use to support their teaching and student learning. Scholastic is committed to rigorous research on our products and their underlying instructional methodology, resulting in meaningful insights for teachers and ongoing success for students.


Featured Research


RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Scholastic F.I.R.S.T. Research Foundation

IMPACT STUDY

Empowering Students and Families to Address Summer Reading Loss in Greenville, SC, and Stoughton, MA Year 2

Topics in Focus
DigitalFoundational ReadingPhonemic AwarenessSummer Learning Independent ReadingSocial-emotional Learning

We Believe

Scholastic combines a 360-degree view of schools and families and ongoing dialogue with educators with independent, scientific, and objective research to quantify the impact of our products and services.

Grounded in a research foundation that draws on seminal work as well as contemporary research most relevant to today’s student body, our products and services are backed by evidence from rigorous research that provides the basis on which they were created, while laying the groundwork for future studies of impact.

Scholastic Research & Validation implements high-quality, well-designed, and meticulously executed research studies—utilizing treatment and control groups, large sample sizes, and diverse demographics—reflecting our commitment to serving every child. Exploring both the statistical and practical significance of our products and services, Scholastic Research & Validation is able to identify many of the factors that can influence students’ success while accounting for the challenges and supports encountered by students and communities outside of the school day. While conducting research, we take seriously the trust that schools and families place in Scholastic to not only provide answers about best practices, but also to protect their teaching and learning time during research activities.

Teachers need clarity not just on how our products and services work, but why they do. Underlying all our work is a commitment to researching best practices to prove the impact of our offerings, along with transparent, open, and meaningful dialogue with educators. Scholastic understands the challenges inherent in teaching and continuously seeks to elevate the voices of the teaching profession at large, and we care deeply about the ease of integrating our resources into a classroom’s existing routines. We are grateful for all we learn from our teacher-partners, and we use that insight to inform our research.

We listen to what keeps teachers up at night: wonderfully diverse students who overcome both social-emotional and academic challenges that affect classroom dynamics; ongoing national conversations around the role of educators; and ever-changing standards that deeply affect day-to-day instruction. Our teacher-partners expect the best from us, and with objective evaluation of our offerings, we are able to get the most effective products and services into classrooms, backed by scientific research to best meet all students’ needs, wherever and whoever they are.

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RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Scholastic F.I.R.S.T. Research Foundation

TECHNICAL REPORT

Scholastic Reading Measure Reliability and Validity Study

INFOGRAPHIC

Make Summer Count Year 2 (SC) Infographic

INFOGRAPHIC

Summer Reading Spotlight: Stoughton, MA Year 2 Infographic

RESEARCH FOUNDATION

Scholastic Classroom Magazines Research Foundation

IMPACT STUDY REPORT

Executive Summary: Addressing Summer Reading Loss: A Public Education Partners and Greenville County Schools Initiative Year 1 (SC)

IMPACT STUDY REPORT

Addressing Summer Reading Loss: A Public Education Partners and Greenville County Schools Initiative Year 1 (SC)

IMPACT STUDY REPORT

Executive Summary: Empowering Students and Families to Address Summer Reading Loss in Greenville, SC Year 2

IMPACT STUDY REPORT

Empowering Students and Families to Address Summer Reading Loss in Greenville, SC, and Stoughton, MA Year 2

IMPACT STUDY REPORT

Executive Summary: Empowering Students and Families to Address Summer Reading Loss in Stoughton, MA Year 2

INFOGRAPHIC

Make Summer Count Year 1 (SC) Infographic

LOGIC MODEL

Summer Learning Logic Model

LOGIC MODEL

Scholastic Classroom Magazines Logic Model

LOGIC MODEL

LitCamp Logic Model


Mission

Scholastic is committed to instilling confidence in every educator by providing high-quality, evidence-based research on our robust suite of products and their underlying instructional methodology. In this context, we draw upon measurable data, our belief in educators as experts, our innate passion for elevating teacher voices, and our vast collective knowledge and experience in working directly with schools.

Our longstanding partnership with educators and families enables us to evaluate our offerings in ways that are meaningful and actionable for teachers and administrators–while remaining focused on ways to help students learn, grow, and thrive. Our classroom expertise and our focus on driving improvements, not just in student achievement but also in students’ beliefs about themselves as learners, requires a commitment to rigorous, leading-edge research through every step in our product lifecycles.

We are devoted to transparency, to partnership, and most of all, to enabling and ensuring success for the schools, students, and communities we are driven to serve.

Meet the Team

Michael Haggen

Chief Academic Officer
Scholastic Education

As Chief Academic Officer, Michael Haggen ensures that Scholastic is a comprehensive literacy partner to PreK–12 school districts nationwide, positioning the company to support educators and improve student learning through instructional materials, professional learning for teachers, family and community engagement initiatives, and consulting services. He began his career in the classroom as a teacher and then principal before becoming a leader at the district level. Notably, he developed and implemented a turnaround model for 30 schools in the St. Louis Public School system, leading to that system's first accreditation in almost a decade; as Deputy Superintendent of New Orleans Recovery School District, Michael led the system-wide organization of an integrated learning supports program, designed to remove barriers to learning for students, including those returning home post-Hurricane Katrina. Most recently, he served as Deputy Superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, driving significant changes to yield increases in academic performance in 70% percent of its schools.

Andrea A. Rizzo, Ph.D.

Director
Scholastic Research & Validation

Dr. Andrea Rizzo is the Director of the Scholastic Research & Validation team, where she leads high-quality research initiatives to support and evaluate the impact of a suite of education-related products and services. A former educator and current expert in the education and research space, Andrea has 20 years of experience in classrooms and education- and research-based organizations and programs. Her varied and vast experiences have led to her keen understanding of the multiple perspectives in a school that can affect learning, enabling her to design and interpret research that incorporates the full scope of a classroom and ultimately deliver the best solutions for students. She has a Ph.D. in Applied Development Psychology from Fordham University and completed her post-graduate work at Harvard Graduate School of Education, in addition to earning a B.A. from Yale University and M.A. from the University of Maryland.

I. Yelee Jo

Senior Research Manager
Scholastic Research & Validation

An experienced educator, researcher, and administrator, Yelee Jo collaborates with external researcher vendors, district partners, and other stakeholders to design and co-lead high-quality, mixed-methods research studies. For over a decade she has built a broad array of skills incorporating research, curriculum, design, and technology into her work. Her career also includes rich international experiences in English immersion schools and a history of coordinating successful research studies for well-known children’s brands. After earning her B.A. at Villanova University, Yelee received her M.A. in Learning Sciences at Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy, where she explored the learning and motivational advantages of digital games for learning.

Jerusha Saldaña Yáñez

Research Assistant
Scholastic Research & Validation

As a Research Assistant, Jerusha Saldaña Yáñez supports the team in all aspects of research, including engaging stakeholders, designing data collection protocols, and analyzing research findings. Her broad and international experience in education- and family-based research teams includes diverse roles at UNICEF, the Men at Work & Family Project at the Worker Institute at Cornell, and the CREDI (Caregiver Reported Early Childhood Development Instruments) Project at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jerusha earned her M.Ed. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education following her B.A. from Brown University and a Certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University.

In the News

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Response: An ‘Important Challenge for a Principal Is Prioritizing’

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ASCD In Service


Let’s Empower Teachers to Support Student Learning

WATCH

SC-ETV


Research Study Shows Positive Trends for Summer Reading Program

DISCUSS

Edu blog


Empowering Students and Families to Address Summer Reading Loss in Greenville, SC and Stoughton, MA

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Education Week Teacher


Response: End the Year With Moments Students Will Remember

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Education Week


Study: Teachers Value Independent Reading But Lack Class Time for It

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Education World


New Report Finds Teachers Want More Independent Reading Time for Students

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Language Magazine


Year-Round Reading

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Kiwanis Magazine


Enhance Child Development Through Interactive Reading

LISTEN

Total Education


Total Tutor radio interview with Michael Haggen, Chief Academic Officer, Scholastic Education

LISTEN

On Our Minds @Scholastic


The Summer Reading Difference, featuring Dr. Ansel Sanders, President & CEO of Public Education Partners, and highlighting research from Greenville, SC and Stoughton, MA

DISCUSS

Edu blog


Reading Helps Kids Make Summer Count in Greenville, SC

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On Our Minds @Scholastic


The results are in: summer reading is important for student achievement!

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Edu blog


A Summer Reading Movement, Emerging from Family Engagement

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Edu blog


Striving and Thriving: Supporting All Students in Summer Reading


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