Dr. Burton developed the beginning online reading program while teaching her child to read the summer after completing Kindergarten. As a parent, Dr. Burton could see that her child needed help mastering beginning reading comprehension skills and there was no online reading program with fun subjects and themes, like fairies, that would excite her child. She developed Stepping Stones Together to give parents the skills to help their child become excited about reading.
Burton is also dedicated to supporting teachers. She is an adjunct professor at National Louis University focusing on courses in educational research. Burton is dedicated to closing the educational achievement gap. She works with teachers to develop reading strategies, to help all children achieve academic gains. Burton was awarded a grant in 2007 by National Louis University to research teachers' use of action research to better serve their students.