Dr. Louisa Cook Moats, Ed.D., spent four years between 1997 and 2001 directing the NICHD Early Reading Interventions Project in Washington, DC. Her interest in spelling began while she was a doctoral student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has taught teachers at the Greenwood Institute in Vermont and Simmons College in Boston. Dr. Moats has also been a teacher, school psychologist, and licensed psychologist in private practice. She worked on the California Reading Initiative from 1996-1997 as Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Sacramento County Office of Education. Her research interests include the language knowledge of teachers, spelling development and instruction, and the implementation of schoolwide interventions for improving literacy.
Dr. Moats is known for her many publications on reading instruction, the professional development of teachers, and the relationship between language, reading, and spelling. Books include
Spelling: Development, Disability and Instruction
Speech to Print: Language Essentials for Teachers
Parenting a Struggling Reader
(with Susan L. Hall, Broadway Books), and
LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling