Nancy Clark-Chiarelli, EdD, is a senior research scientist with expertise in early childhood literacy. Her investigative work informs the design and implementation of EDC’s literacy programs, including those that promote reading, writing, and mother tongue instruction.

Clark-Chiarelli has led research projects, program evaluations, and teacher professional development initiatives both in the United States and around the world. She specializes in creating research-based literacy programs that improve teaching and learning. Currently working in the Philippines, she has also contributed to multi-year, large-scale USAID-funded teacher education and literacy programs in Rwanda, South Sudan, and Pakistan.

Clark-Chiarelli is a member of the Wheelock College Graduate School faculty. She holds an MEd in reading and language and an EdD in reading, language, and learning disabilities from Harvard University.

“The interactions between a teacher and a child are critical to helping him or her become a good reader. You have to get the right book in the right child’s hands at the right time.”


Speaking Highlights

Teacher Training for Literacy Learning in Mother Tongue: The Basa Pilipinas Endeavor

Presentation, Reading Association of the Philippines Summer Literacy Forum
Manila, Philippines
May 2015

Multi-literal and Multi-literacy Policy and Instruction: Becoming a Reader and Writer in Three Languages

Presentation, Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society
Washington, DC
March 2015

Assessing Children’s Reading Development

Presentation, Reading Association of the Philippines Demofest
Cebu City, Philippines
October 2014

Mediator Variables: Teacher Quality as a Mediator of Student Achievement

Presentation, UNESCO Institute for Statistics
Montreal, Canada
July 2014

Reconceptualizing Early Literacy Education in Pakistan

Co-presentation, International Reading Association
San Antonio, TX
April 2013



Literacy Goal: 1 Million
EDC, September 16, 2013

Reading and Writing Go Hand in Hand
EDC, January 8, 2013

Selected Publications

Gropen, J., Clark-Chiarelli, N., Hoisington, C., & Ehrlich, S. B. (2011, December). The importance of executive function in early science education. Child Development Perspectives, 5(4), 298–304. 

Selected Resources


Published by Brookes, the Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation (ELLCO) pre-K and K–3 toolkits are research-based instruments that enable teachers, leaders, and researchers to observe,