Matthew Welch is a researcher with AIR. His primary interests are policy implementation and organizational change. His work has focused on accountability-related school improvement projects, the implementation of new state standards (including the Common Core), the role of district offices, and statewide policy initiatives. At AIR, he has worked on several projects studying school change and policy implantation, including directing a study of alignment between teacher evaluation rubrics and state learning standards, examining the implementation of new learning frameworks in Massachusetts, and leading visits to low-performing schools in the midst of turnaround.
Dr. Welch’s research skills include designing qualitative instruments, survey scales, and rubrics for evaluating complex policies and organizations. He is a former high school teacher and has held teaching licenses in two states, Massachusetts and Illinois.