Dr. Joseph A. Dimino is a senior research associate at the Instructional Research Group where he has served as the coordinator of a national research project investigating the impact of Teacher Study Groups as a means to enhance the quality of reading instruction for first graders in high poverty schools. He conducted professional developed aspart of a national evaluation investigating the effectiveness of reading comprehension programs and is co-principal Investigator for a study assessing the impact of Collaborative Strategic Reading on English Learners and Fluent English Speaking Fifth Graders’ Comprehension and Vocabulary Skills. Dr Dimino has extensive experience providing professional development to teachers, administrators, instructional assistants and parents, in the areas of literacy, reading comprehension strategies and classroom and behavior management. He served as one of the seven professional development staff members for the National Center on Student Progress Monitoring, a technical assistance and dissemination center funded by the Office of Special Education Programs. He is one of the panel members for the RTI Reading Practice Guide.