Education Development Center, Inc.
Currently a Research Associate at EDC, Dr. Irwin brings 10 years of experience in measurement, research methods, and early education research to her work with PEER. At EDC, Dr. Irwin applies her experience and expertise across a wide range of activities including conducting quantitative and qualitative studies of early childhood education, developing technical assistance materials and tutorials for early childhood educators, and developing a range of survey instruments for use by education practitioners.
Dr. Irwin is the alliance researcher for the Regional Educational Laboratory-Northeast and Islands’ (REL-NEI) Early Childhood Education Research Alliance, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES). In this role, she collaborates with stakeholders in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to develop and implement a comprehensive research agenda focused on issues relating to assessment, standards, and practice in early childhood education.
Before joining EDC, Dr. Irwin served as a Research Specialist for Providence Public School District where she assisted school and district leaders in using data to inform their policy and practice. In this role, Dr. Irwin worked closely with the district’s lowest performing schools to improve student learning.
Dr. Irwin received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Colorado Boulder, and an M.S.Ed. in Human Development, an M.S. in Quantitative Methods, and a Ph.D. in Policy, Research, Evaluation, and Measurement from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Dr. Irwin was an IES Pre-doctoral Training Fellow from 2007–2011.
Education & Training
|PhD||University of Pennsylvania, Policy, Research, Evaluation, and Measurement (2015)|
|MS||University of Pennsylvania, Quantitative Methods (2008)|
|MSEd||University of Pennsylvania, Human Development (2005)|