Dr. Molly Ness is the Founder of the Coalition for Literacy Equity and Vice President of Academic Content at Learning Ally — a national whole child literacy nonprofit committed to solving the literacy crisis. Prior to the Coalition and Learning Ally, Dr. Ness was an Associate Professor at Fordham University for nearly two decades. With four books and numerous peer-reviewed articles, her research focuses on reading comprehension, teachers’ instructional decisions, and dyslexia. She also created and hosts the End Book Deserts podcast to spotlight those building book oases in high-poverty communities. Dr. Ness has a Ph.D. in Reading Education and a M.Ed. in English Education from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University.
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