Research Projects

Current Research Projects

Teacher Diversity and Hiring. In partnership with Travis Bristol, Assistant Professor of Education at the University of California at Berkeley, investigating the hiring policies and practices of a small ethnoracially diverse district using semi-structured interviews with a cross-section of district and school stakeholders. Project will result in tailored policy recommendations and peer reviewed publications.

Beyond Test Scores. In partnership with Jack Schneider, Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Research Director at the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment, exploring the unique school- and district-level factors that affect school quality using a unique dataset of student and teacher surveys across six diverse school districts. Project will inform consortium goals and practices and result in peer reviewed publications.


Research Assistantships

Making Caring Common Project. Conducted preliminary analysis on survey data from 2,500 middle and high school students on school safety, school climate, and supportive relationships. Used data summaries to inform revision of survey, the findings of which resulted in considerable press coverage. Developed draft intervention strategies for use at partner schools. Co-designed and helped to facilitate first MCC professional development institute for school personnel in April 2015. Principal Investigators:  Stephanie M. Jones and Richard Weissbourd.

Public Education Leadership Project (PELP), a joint initiative of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Business School. Coded transcripts from interviews with district and school leaders at five high-performing urban school districts on the relationship between schools and central office. Drafted research memos on preliminary findings for faculty. Jointly developed facilitators' guide for PELP Summer Institute. Co-authored two HBS cases, the first on career pathways, performance pay, and peer review and the second on family and community engagement, both in the Baltimore City Public Schools. Core PELP Faculty: Susan Moore Johnson (HGSE), Monica Higgins (HGSE), Karen Mapp (HGSE), Andrés Alonso (HGSE) Allen Grossman (HBS), and John J-H Kim (HBS).

Secondary Analysis of the Boston Public Schools Student Assignment Plan. Part of a team of faculty and doctoral students that used publicly available data and documents to re-analyze proposed school assignment plans and their impact on school quality and equity, resulting in a report that generated press coverage and new guidelines for student assignment. Principal Investigator:  Meira Levinson.  

Measuring Family-School Relationships. Jointly developed publicly available survey scales that schools and districts can use to assess and improve the quality of family and school relationships. Principal Investigators: Hunter Gehlbach (now at UC Santa Barbara), Karen Mapp, and Richard Weissbourd.