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Elissa Rader

Elissa Rader

Adjunct in Graduate Education

B.A. Gordon College
M.S. MGH Institute of Health Professions
Ph.D. Florida State University

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Elissa Arndt Rader, Ph.D. CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist and reading specialist with experience providing instruction and intervention in language and literacy to students Prek-8th grade in Massachusetts. She received her bachelor’s degree from Gordon College, her master’s degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions and her doctorate degree in Reading and Language Arts from Florida State University. Elissa has worked as a professional development provider at Keys to Literacy, a professional development company that specializes in adolescent literacy and literacy planning and as the Director of Implementation for Learning Foundations in Connecticut. Prior to working at Keys to Literacy, Elissa was a curriculum and intervention specialist at the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) at Florida State University. While at FCRR, Elissa provided support to districts in their implementation of Reading First, reviewed reading programs as part of the FCRR reports to help districts select research-based instructional programs, and assisted in the development and implementation of the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading (FAIR) which is a K-12 literacy assessment designed to assist Florida teachers in their instruction and progress monitoring of student learning. Elissa also provided technical support to the FL Department of Education on literacy initiatives, grant reviews, and professional development.