Director of Policy and Practice
Nick Yoder oversees multiple policy- and practice-related initiatives to support state education agencies (SEAs) as they plan, develop, and implement statewide SEL policies and practices. Through this work, he leads the technical assistance that CASEL offers to SEAs and co-designs a research agenda to better understand and guide the state-level work.
Prior to CASEL, Nick was a senior technical assistant consultant at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), where he led statewide efforts to support systemic SEL implementation supports (e.g., SEL learning goals/standards and professional learning experiences). In that capacity, he worked with federally funded technical assistance centers, such as the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center), the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center, and the National Center on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments. Nick also worked with multiple SEL programs in their continuous improvement efforts, using mixed methods data to provide feedback to programs.
Nick earned his doctoral degree in education and psychology, his master’s in psychology, and bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Michigan. He also earned a master’s in education from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He is a former Chicago Public Schools educator, instructional coach for novice teachers in the Detroit area, and a preservice instructor. Nick is passionate about creating an educational system – from federal efforts to classroom practice – that meets the needs of all students and prepares them to be successful in college, career, and life.