Teacher in a classroom with students reading about science LITERATE (Locating Informational Texts for Engaging Readers And Teaching Equitably) is an interdisciplinary collaboration to meet teachers’ information needs in classrooms, with an emphasis on texts about current events. Our lab is using methods from information retrieval and human computer interaction to contribute to student engagement and access by developing and evaluating tools to assist teachers in finding sets of texts personalized for their classrooms. We’re working with the education department to get into classrooms and make a real world impact by empowering teachers.

This project is in collaboration with Katherine Wright in the College of Education; preliminary work is funded by a College of Education Civility Grant.


Michael D. Ekstrand, Ion Madrazo Azpiazu, Katherine Landau Wright, and Maria Soledad Pera. 2018. “Retrieving and Recommending for the Classroom: Stakeholders, Objectives, Resources, and Users”. In Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Recommendation in Complex Scenarios (ComplexRec 2018), at RecSys 2018.

Maria Soledad Pera, Katherine Wright, Michael D. Ekstrand. 2018. “Recommending Texts to Children with an Expert in the Loop”. In Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Children & Recommender Systems (KidRec 2018), co-located with ACM IDC 2018.