Helen Duffy is a senior researcher at AIR with extensive experience providing technical assistance and designing and preparing large-scale evaluations in the areas of high school and district reform, writing instruction, and teacher education. Her prior work as a technical assistance liaison for the National High School Center included leading the Center’s work on College and Career Readiness and serving as content expert in adolescent literacy and high school tiered intervention. She also provides technical assistance for writing instruction for the Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) Project and directs the documentation of the Fresno-Long Beach Learning Partnership, a project of the California Collaborative on District Reform.
Dr. Duffy has nearly 20 years of experience in K-12 settings as a teacher, school coach, and teacher educator in urban schools and brings her knowledge of those complex settings to her technical assistance and research. She is author or co-author of a number of publications, including briefs for National High School Center, briefs focusing on instruction in Early College High Schools and on district practices that support systemic reform. She is co-author of a chapter in the forthcoming book: High Schools for a Complex World.