NELP: Westberg, L

Laura Westberg

Laura Westberg

Laura Westberg is Director of Special Projects/Research at the National
Center for Family Literacy. In this capacity, she oversees research and evaluation
across the organization for determining the effectiveness of products
and services that contribute to the literacy development of young children
through adults.

Her responsibilities include project management and supervision, project
design, product development, research and evaluation, and proposal and
grant writing. In addition to contributing to privately-funded initiatives
such as the Toyota Family Literacy Program, Verizon's Thinkfinity, and the
Dollar General Literacy Foundation Early Literacy Initiative, Westberg
directed the work of the National Early Literacy Panel and coordinated a
meta-analysis on parent involvement in children's reading acquisition for the National Institute for

Westberg also provided professional development, technical assistance and product development to
the Head Start Family Literacy Project and directed a pilot project in the state of Kentucky to assess
the impact of training adult educators in scientifically based reading instructional practices and
assessment on adult students' literacy achievement. In addition, she recently managed the technical
assistance for Expanding the Reach of Scientifically Based Reading Research, a Federal project funded
by Title I and Reading First from the U.S. Department of Education, in 19 non-Reading First
schools in three states.

She is currently completing a five-state needs assessment for the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive
Center that will result in the development of a self-monitoring tool for SEAs to assess compliance
with parental involvement requirements of No Child Left Behind.

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