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Jennifer Steele

American University
Associate Professor, School of Education
Dr. Jennifer L. Steele is an Associate Professor of Education at American University in Washington, DC. Her research, which emphasizes quantitative methods that support causal inference, focuses on urban education policy at the K-12 and postsecondary levels. She recently led a federally funded, randomized study of dual-language immersion education in Portland, Oregon, and currently leads a federally-funded evaluation of The New Teacher Project’s school leadership program in Camden, New Jersey. Other studies, which have been funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the American Council on Education, and the U.S. Department of Education, among others, have examined the distribution of teacher effectiveness, implementation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, effects of competency based education on student achievement, and implementation of education reform in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Dr. Steele has previously worked as a teacher at the elementary, secondary, and tertiary levels and has managed teacher recruitment and training for a private education company. She received her doctorate in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University.