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Wendy Vaulton

Assistant Director of Research

What I like most about my role within the Center is…

I love working with teachers and school leaders to help them find new ways to use all kinds of data to support improvement. A big part of my role is to help build capacity to measure and monitor change in ways that are meaningful and useful to the people doing the work. I get to learn about schools in their own context and then help them set goals and create systems to monitor their progress. As if that isn’t enough, I then get to step back and work with amazing colleagues to consider how the lessons learned in one context may support others. I have the greatest job at the Center.

What I believe in

I believe in writing in the margins, dog-earing the pages, and savoring every word.

Previous work highlights

Before joining the Center, my work primarily focused in the area of homelessness. I worked as an evaluator on several projects seeking to end chronic homelessness for adults and families. Through those projects, I was able to support stakeholders across diverse and complex systems of care including hospitals, housing, education, and employment as they tried to improve, adapt, and learn.

Favorite book

The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton

Fun fact

Bananas are berries but strawberries aren’t.

Education

Ph.D. from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management

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Featured Blog Posts

October 7, 2020 Genevieve Arcovio & Rhonda Precourt, Literacy for All 2020 Speakers

Accountability for Independent Reading In-Person or From a Distance

September 21, 2020 Next month we're hosting the 31st Annual Literacy for All Virtual Conference, October 25-27 (Live + OnDemand).

Video: Debra’s Story—What does literacy mean to me?

September 17, 2020 Stephanie Affinito, Literacy Teacher Educator, Literacy Coach, Author, Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning, University of Albany, NY

A New Kind of Virtual Coaching Cycle