Dahlia Shaewitz is a managing researcher at AIR and director of the disability and rehabilitation practice area. Shaewitz leads and manages teams of researchers and practitioners on projects related to adult literacy and learning as well as knowledge translation—translating research into practical information. For the U.S. Department of Education, she leads the Open Education Resources to Support Adult STEM Teaching and Learning professional development project for adult education instructors to improve the teaching and learning of science and math content in the field. She also serves as deputy project director for the national accountability system for adult education (NRS support project) in which she provides policy guidance and support to federal and state agencies, and designs and implements training on accountability issues such as data quality and using data for program improvement. In addition, Shaewitz leads the knowledge translation technical assistance tasks for the Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center, funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
Shaewitz is currently assisting the DC Public Charter School Board in creating performance indicators to measure program effectiveness and program quality of their adult education public charter schools. Shaewitz also leads the disability and rehabilitation interest group at AIR, which aims to bring disability awareness to domestic and international projects to expand the opportunities for individuals with disabilities in the community, the workforce, health, and education.