Margarita Calderón, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita/Senior Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University. She has worked on numerous research and development projects focusing on reading for English learners funded by the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, the U.S. Department of Labor, and collaborated with Harvard and the Center for Applied Linguistics on a longitudinal study funded by the NICHD.
The Carnegie Corporation of New York funded her five-year empirical study to develop Expediting Reading Comprehension for English Language Learners (ExC-ELL), a comprehensive professional development model for grades 6–12 math, science, social studies, and language arts teachers that integrates language, literacy, and content. This led to the development of the effective, evidence-based program, Reading Instructional Goals for Older Readers (RIGOR), for Newcomers with interrupted formal education. Dr. Calderón has over 100 publications, is an international speaker, is invited to deliver keynote speeches at major conferences, and conducts comprehensive professional development programs nationally and internationally.