Elizabeth Grant

Elizabeth Grant
Visiting Associate Professor & Program Lead
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Elizabeth Grant is visiting associate professor of education in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Dr. Grant previously served as senior vice president at Jobs for the Future responsible for strategy and operations for the youth pathways, high school design, postsecondary, and student-centered learning teams. Prior to that position, she was vice president at American Institutes for Research overseeing a policy and research team of more than 170 staff and 80 projects and contributing to the strategic direction of AIR's Education program. At the U.S. Department of Education, she served as chief of staff in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and as a senior policy advisor working on ESEA flexibility, secondary school initiatives, and state technical assistance. Earlier, she worked as a fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), developing legislation to build education pathways for youth to 21st century careers.

Dr. Grant has more than a dozen years of experience in schools serving as an elementary school principal and junior high and high school teacher. She is a graduate of the University of Utah and received a M.Ed. in teaching from Harvard University. She earned her M.A. in sociology and Ph.D. in education policy from Stanford University.

EdFix Episode 10: The Research-Practice Partnership Advantage Research-Practice Partnerships (RPPs) create a two-way street between practitioners and researchers to address problems of practice and come up with solutions. Using this research, leaders can make data-informed decisions about the strategies that really work to improve their schools and school districts. Ruth Wattenberg, recently re-elected member of the D.C. State Board of Education, and Elizabeth Grant, visiting associate professor in education policy, discuss the benefits and challenges of a potential RPP for Washington, D.C. in Episode 10 of the EdFix podcast.
Education
Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., Stanford University
M.Ed., Harvard University
B.A., University of Utah

In the News

Dr. Elizabeth Grant published a blog post entitled "Building the Policy Wave: The Power of Data-based Storytelling" for the William T. Grant Foundation.

Dr. Laura Engel and the International Education Program led a successful Fulbright sponsored seminar for 25 Uruguayan teachers/principals on February 1, 2019. Presentations were made by GSEHD faculty and students, including Dr. Elizabeth Grant, Dr. Engel, GSEHD doctoral student Hallie Fox (Ph.D. in Education), and GSEHD alumna Jessica Fundalinski (master's, International Education). Angel Jones, Naomi Lesnewski, and Jisun Jeong (Ph.D. Education students) served as Chairs of panel sessions.

EdFix: A Podcast about the Practice and Promise of Education hosted by Dean Michael Feuer, has released its tenth episode entitled The Research-Practice Partnership Advantage. Research-Practice Partnerships (RPPs) create a two-way street between practitioners and researchers to address problems of practice and come up with solutions. Using this research, leaders can make data-informed decisions about the strategies that really work to improve their schools and school districts. In this episode of EdFix, Ruth Wattenberg, recently re-elected member of the D.C. State Board of Education, and Elizabeth Grant, visiting associate professor in education policy at GSEHD, discuss the benefits and challenges of a potential RPP for Washington, D.C.. You can listen to the episode here.

GSEHD is the lead organization in the Education Consortium on Research and Evaluation (EdCORE), which recently completed a report on the use of student learning plans to ensure public school students in DC are on track to graduate. The report, “Personalized Learning Plans in DC: Options for a Pilot Project,” is a response to the State Board of Education (SBOE)’s recommendation to develop personalized learning plans for all DC public school students. The work was conducted under a contract with the Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) by Dr. Elizabeth Grant and three GSEHD students: Autem Clay (Ed.D., Educational Administration and Policy), Aubrey DeBoer (master's, Education Policy) and Laura Groth (Ed.D., Educational Administration and Policy). EdCORE’s approach to the work was in the style of a research-practitioner partnership where the work addresses local needs in a local context and aims to improve the use of evidence in decision making.The DC City Council is currently considering a bill to create a long-term education research collaborative to serve local needs.