Matthew A. Clifford
Matthew Clifford is a principal researcher at AIR. Dr. Clifford’s research and evaluation interests focus on the improvement of school leadership as a means of improving instructional quality and student achievement. Currently, he manages multiple research and evaluation studies, which deploy quasi-experimental and mixed methods to determine the effectiveness of principal professional development and evaluation efforts to improve principal quality.
Dr. Clifford also consults with school districts and states to design principal evaluation systems through the National Comprehensive Center on Teacher Quality and the Center on Educator Compensation Reform. He authored several publications on principal evaluation design, including the Practical Guide to Designing Comprehensive Principal Evaluation Systems and the Quality School Leadership Identification guides. Clifford has been studying and working with school principals as a researcher for the past 15 years, and is a lifelong educator, having previously worked as a teacher, curriculum director and professional developer.