Mindee O’Cummings, a principal researcher at AIR, has worked in the field of education for more than 18 years. Her experiences include teaching in special and general education settings; serving as an elementary and middle school vice principal; conducting research and program evaluations; providing technical assistance to educators, researchers, and developers; and working with student families. Dr. O’Cummings currently serves as the Project Director of a large-scale validation study of Check & Connect; Alliance Lead and Researcher on the Dropout Prevention Research Alliance with the REL Midwest; Alliance Researcher for the Puerto Rico Research Alliance for Dropout Prevention with the Northeast and Islands REL; and Senior Advisor to the Dropout Prevention Alliance for Utah Students with Disabilities with REL West.
Previously Dr. O’Cummings has had the opportunity to participate in a variety of other projects while at AIR. Dr. O’Cummings served as the deputy director for the Linking Assessment, Policy, and Practice in Children’s Mental Health; the project director for the National Educational Technology Trends Study (NETTS); and senior advisor for the National Center for Technology Innovation (NCTI) and the Center Implementing Technology in Education (CITEd). As a technical assistance liaison for the Elementary and Middle Schools Technical Assistance Center (EMSTAC), she provided technical assistance to schools nationwide, assisting them with the implementation of research-based practices to improve educational outcomes for children with disabilities. Additionally, she served on the EMSTAC Academic Team where she was responsible for synthesizing and disseminating information regarding instructional and assessment strategies. She also served as Early Warning System Team Leader, Special Education Coordinator, and Technical Assistance Liaison with the National High School Center.
Prior to her work at AIR, she has also served as adjunct faculty at both Arizona State University and George Mason University where she has taught classes in the areas of education and research methodologies. She is the author of numerous reports, articles, and presentations at local, state, and national conferences.