“The MSSP program prepared me for developing research-based reform agendas aimed at improving access, equity, and performance of students from underrepresented backgrounds, as well as broadened my perspective on how policies have addressed social problems. Upon graduating from the program, I completed an internship (as part of the Capstone Seminar requirement) at the American Youth Policy Forum. One of the most beneficial experiences at this placement was the opportunity to interact with policymakers and attend presentations on strategies to increase student achievement at the secondary level made on Capitol Hill. After completing my internship, I worked as a Program Associate and later interim Program Director for a small non-profit based in Washington, D.C. with a mission to increase the number of traditionally disadvantaged students accessing and completing a postsecondary education. I served as a Management and Program Analyst in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. I received my Ph.D. in Education from the George Mason University in May 2012 and served as a Program Evaluation Specialist in the Fairfax County Schools. In my current position at K12 Insight (a full-service research and communications company in Herndon, VA), I provide research and strategy-related expertise to leaders of school districts and continue to apply skills learned in the MSSP program when tasked with writing research briefs, conducting data analysis, writing reports, and making presentations to various audiences.”
A new study from the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, & Research reveals that youth in foster care and...