Angelica Herrera is a senior researcher at AIR where she manages and supports various projects for the Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC) and the Regional Educational Laboratory of the Southwest (REL Southwest). Dr. Herrera serves as a project lead on the TXCC Rewards Schools Case Study project and as an Interim Project Director on a Task 4 REL Southwest study. In addition to those projects, Dr. Herrera provides technical assistance to the Texas Education Agency through the Texas Comprehensive Center. Her major responsibilities include collaborating and assisting state education agency staff with developing evaluation plans and instruments to assess implementation and effectiveness of school improvement efforts and early childhood education, analyzing state and local longitudinal data systems, and co-developing with SEA staff reports, presentations, and workshops.
Dr. Herrera has 15 years of professional experience in research and evaluation studies of early childhood and K–12 education programs. She is highly skilled at project management, developing evaluation project scopes and timelines, measuring program implementation, recruiting participants and schools, data collection, and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data. She has strong expertise with analyzing Texas school-, student-, and teacher-level data. Dr. Herrera’s research interests have focused broadly on understanding the educational and social disparities experienced by children and families living in poverty. Much of her professional career has been devoted to researching the effects of programs and policies on children’s academic achievement and socio-emotional well being, with a particular focus on English learners.
Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Herrera was a co-owner of a research and evaluation firm where she managed and led several evaluation projects for non-profit organizations, including the United Way for Greater Austin, KLRU- Austin PBS, Camp Fire First Texas, and Sesame Workshop. She also worked as a research scientist for the Texas Schools Project at the University of Texas at Dallas and at the Austin Independent School District.