Meredith Ludwig has worked at AIR since 1996, focusing on the reform of teacher preparation in schools and departments of teacher education and on the professional development needs of teachers. Dr. Ludwig has directed two multi-year evaluations of teacher preparation grant initiatives for the U.S. Department of Education (Title II Partnership Program and the Transition to Teaching Program). She has been involved for many years in efforts to improve data collection and reporting on teacher quality and teacher effectiveness: she served as co-chair of a commission on teacher quality for the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) and co-chaired a data quality meeting with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) focused on data resources at the federal, state and local program levels about teacher preparation. She is currently leading a study group on clinical experience with AERA Division K members.
As an evaluator, Dr. Ludwig has been a task leader for two national randomized control studies of professional development, in which she managed the intervention implementation. She is currently leading a National Science Foundation study on the impact of professional development on secondary mathematics and science teachers and a U.S. Department of Education study of the impact of performing arts professional development for early childhood teachers. She also works closely with school districts implementing reform initiatives, and has served as deputy director and director of the AIR/Say Yes to Education Syracuse Support Project.
Before coming to AIR, Dr. Ludwig worked with public college presidents and chancellors for 14 years as coordinator of research for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, focusing on such topics as student assessment, institutional research, student access, school/college coordination, technology use and teacher education. Dr. Ludwig has continued to produce articles, books, and reports on higher education and teacher education issues.