The eDez Brain Trust
Each Education Design associate brings unique expertise and a wealth of experience in different areas. Many staff members are recognized leaders and pioneers in their fields.
David Reider Principal Partner
Gail Harris Vice President of Business Management
Jennifer Nahas Sr. Research Associate
Ricky Carter Mathematics Education
Larry Scripp Arts Education, Integration, & Literacy
David Reider has been very active both in developing, promoting, designing and evaluating educational initiatives efforts in STEM and arts education for over 18 years. While Research Scientist at BBN Tehcnologies, he led World Band (US, Germany, Korea), one of the earliest Internet instances of a cross-site internet concert (1995), OLMEL, Online Music Education Learning Model (1997), and Kids ‘N Music (Kids ‘N Blues, Kids ‘N Salsa), developed for Co-nect schools in five states. Kids ‘N Blues (Memphis) was nominated to the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities 1998 National Report of Best Practices and won the National School Board Association 1998 Technology Innovation Award. As consultant for Dept. of Defense Schools (1994-2002), he developed student-centered technology leadership programs for American schools in Italy and Germany.
He has participated in and led program evaluations since 1996, founding Education Design in 1997. He has presented annually since 2005 at national conferences such as AERA, AEA, Massachusetts STEM Summit, NSF and Dept of Education PI meetings; participates regularly in panel reviews (NSF, Dept. of Education I3, AEMDD), and is active in national working groups on workforce development and systems thinking in evaluation.
Formerly a professional musician (saxophone and flute), he played with the Boston Art Quartet for 8 years and has appeared in clubs, concerts and festivals abroad in Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, and Korea, as well as Stateside. He was Visiting Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Gail Harris is Vice President of Business Management at eDez and assists in all things business related, with a particular focus on new business development. She has an MBA from Boston University and comes to us from the sustainability sector, where she worked with small manufacturing businesses to encourage use of recycled and other sustainable materials. She participates on projects as field researcher and data analysis support.
Jennifer Nahas, Sr. Research Associate and co-founder of Brigham Nahas Research Associates brings decades of program evaluation expertise the firm. A veteran practitioner, she integrates process and impact evaluation methods directly into service delivery with a focus on evaluation research and data-oriented strategic planning assistance to educational organizations that promote success for young people in high school, college, and beyond. She has led local and national evaluation studies, facilitated strategic vision setting and worked with a variety of stakeholders to implement best practices in schools. Facilitating teams of teachers, parents, administrators and students to understand data to improve program performance and quality is at the core of all Jennifer’s professional endeavors.
Rick Carter’s day job is Associate Professor in the School of Education at Lesley University. He teaches graduate courses in Integrating Technology into the Curriculum in both online and face-to-face formats and works in Lesley’s new Math Achievement Center which is devoted to Mathematics professional development for teachers. He developed an online version of the Integrating Technology into the Math Curriculum course and an online professional development program in mathematics for K-8 teachers with the Mathemagica Project. He has also co-authored a new middle school mathematics program, IMPACT, published by Everyday Learning.
Prior to his work at Lesley Dr. Carter was a Senior Scientist in the GTE/BBN Education Technologies Group where he developed technology-based mathematics curriculum and professional development materials. He led projects that developed middle-school mathematics distance learning courses and video case materials. His work and research over the past two decades have focused on supporting teacher professional development through the use of technology to support hands-on inquiry based learning by both teachers and students.
Larry Scripp is an internationally known educator and researcher in arts education, having led milestone projects and contributing to seminal research and publications over the past decades. Formerly Chair of Music Education at New England Conservatory, he currently heads the school’s Music-in-Education program and Research Center for Learning Through Music.
As a research scholar and consultant for arts in education, he investigated artistic development in children at Harvard Project Zero from 1982 to 1994 and assessment of arts and general education programs from 1985 to 1995 with a particular focus on early language literacy. He has designed and carried out research studies investigating young children’s symbolic development, musical perception, musical representation, giftedness, and the development of computer-supported curricula in the arts and humanities.
He has been principal investigator on multiple federal and foundation-funded grants designed to integrate arts learning with other core curricular areas, including the Music-in-Education National Consortium, a coalition of schools of music and education, arts organizations, and school reform organizations through the arts. He and Reider have collaborated for over a decade on multiple projects.