Passionate about putting research into practice, Dr. Boardman works closely with teachers and school leaders to study and innovate reading instruction across content areas in classrooms that include emergent bilingual learners and students with disabilities. She is especially interested in finding ways to engage teachers in meaningful professional learning experiences. Dr. Boardman is a principal investigator on a design based implementation research study that has developed a project-based learning (PBL) course for high school language arts classrooms. Current investigations include the sustainability of PBL over time and ways to support students with disabilities within PBL classrooms. Dr. Boardman also works with educators across the country to support the implementation of Collaborative Strategic Reading, focusing on student-led discussion groups that use reading strategies to improve engagement and learning outcomes. She is a former elementary and middle school special education teacher.