Nonie K. Lesaux

Nonie K. Lesaux

PIER Fellowship Faculty Mentor
Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Nonie K. Lesaux

Nonie Lesaux is a professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Lesaux leads a research program that focuses on increasing opportunities to learn for students from diverse linguistic, cultural, and economic backgrounds in today’s classrooms. Her research on reading and vocabulary development, and instructional strategies to prevent reading difficulties has implications for practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. Lesaux’s research, conducted in five large school districts in the United States, is supported by research grants from several organizations, including the Institute for Education Sciences and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. From 2002-2006, Lesaux was senior research associate of the National Literacy Panel on Language Minority Youth and from 2007-2009, she was a member of the Reading First Advisory Committee for the Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education. In 2007, Lesaux was named one of five WT Grant scholars, earning a $350,000 five-year award from the WT Grant Foundation in support of her research on English language learners in urban public schools. Lesaux is also a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor given by the United States government to young professionals beginning their independent research careers.