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Big Hair Hairiette

Big Hair Hairiette is an educational system designed to increase literacy proficiency; the more kids read, the bigger Hairiette’s hair gets! 

Big Hair Hairiette works with schools nationwide and includes books, TV, film, games and tech products all based around the story of Big Hair Hairiette. Organizational psychologist Peg Neuhauser found that “a well-told story is remembered more accurately, and for far longer than learning derived from facts and figures.” (Harvard 

Our primary focus is on literacy: students who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave high school without a diploma than proficient readers. K-2 assessments have shown consistent and large learning setbacks, particularly for children typically marginalized in the U.S. education system. 

Big Hair Hairiette is created by two-time SAG Award winning actress Tanya Wright (Best Ensemble) for her portrayal of Crystal Burset in Orange is the New Black. In 2022, Tanya graduated from Harvard Graduate School of Education (’22) with a degree in Learning Design, Innovation and Technology. While at Harvard, Tanya won the Harvard Innovative Venture in Education Award (HIVE) for most promising early stage venture for Big Hair Hairiette; additionally, Tanya is also an Education Entrepreneurship Fellow at the Harvard Innovation Lab. 

The money raised will go toward 1. producing the Big Hair Hairiette Read and Learn System (TM) which includes an augmented reality curriculum to increase literacy proficiency in children 6-8 via vocabulary and reading comprehension and 2. marketing the Big Hair Hairiette program. 

Tanya created the Big Hair Hairiette system because she was a highly creative, distracted and disinterested early learner. She created the story-driven learning program she wished she had in elementary school. Thank you so very much for your support!

Associated Members

Tanya Wright, Director