Director of Research-Practice Partnerships
Alexandra leads CASEL’s new Learning Lab initiative in designing and conducting CASEL’s school and classroom-level action research agenda. She also supports several of CASEL’s partner districts across the nation to effectively monitor systemic SEL implementation progress and their use of SEL data to improve practice and support student learning.
Before coming to CASEL, she worked at TNTP, a full-service educational consulting firm, where she consulted with district and school leaders on instructional program and initiative implementation, execution, and evaluation. She also led data-informed strategy development with school districts and charter management organizations and has conducted mixed-method action research and evaluation studies at the school, district, and state levels.
Alexandra’s previous work focused on applied research and intervention projects and mixed-methods evaluations, with an emphasis on the promotion of positive academic and socio-emotional development in predominantly minority community settings. Her research has centered on the relationships between teachers’ characteristics and the implementation fidelity of SEL curriculum in the middle grades.
Alexandra earned her doctorate in educational psychology, her master’s degree in developmental psychology, and her bachelor’s in secondary English education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is a former D.C. Public Schools educator and Teach For America instructional coach. With her background in both research and education, she is passionate about forging the partnership and communication between these two worlds.
Alexandra lives in Chicago with her husband and son.