Dr. Nicole Patton Terry is the Olive & Manuel Bordas Professor of Education in the School of Teacher Education and Associate Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research at the Florida State University. Her research, teaching, and scholarly activities concern young children with and without disabilities who struggle to acquire language and literacy skills, in particular, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and children living in poverty. Focused primarily on children in pre-K-3rd grade, her work includes experimental, intervention, and evaluation studies of reading, writing and oral language development, achievement, instruction, and professional development. Dr. Terry’s research has been supported by various organizations, including the Spencer Foundation, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Institute of Education Sciences, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the United Way of Greater Atlanta.
As an associate director in the Florida Center for Reading Research, Dr. Terry directs The Village—a center responsible for creating and maintaining research-practice partnerships with diverse community stakeholders, including early childhood education centers, schools and school districts, state departments, philanthropic and nonprofit groups, and civic and business leaders. Taking a collective impact approach, The Village strives to promote reading achievement and school success among vulnerable children and youth.