Raquel L. González, a senior researcher at AIR, has over six years’ experience with evaluation projects. Dr. González has focused her research on describing and understanding different pathways and experiences in education. She has content experience working on topics related to home and school relationships in the primary grades, family literacy, and school readiness. She also has conducted studies using hierarchical linear modeling (HLM) to explore different facets of home and school relationships using ECLS-K data. As a researcher on the First 5 LA Family Literacy Initiative, she participated in various aspects of the research project, including conducting focus groups in Spanish with parent participants, visiting family literacy sites, analyzing program data, and supporting the development of a web-based database for grantees to use for record-keeping purposes.
While earning her doctorate at the University of Maryland, she co-authored a quantitative study on the relationship between school engagement efforts, parent involvement, and student achievement. She also has presented in numerous conferences on home and school relationships. In addition, her dissertation, completed in 2012, used multi-level modeling to explore school and home factors associated with kindergarten parents’ entries to school and the relationship between these entries and student achievement.
Dr. González also has content experience on college access programs. She co-created a model of underrepresented minority students, grades K-20, entering and remaining in the geosciences pipeline for her work providing technical assistance to grantees of NSF’s Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences Program, and is a co-author of "The Geoscience pipeline: A conceptual framework" published in 2007 in the Journal of Geoscience Education. While earning her doctorate at the University of Maryland, she worked at the Maryland Institute for Minority Achievement and Urban Education (MIMAUE). At MIMAUE, she gained experience from the grantee-side of college access programs, where she co-developed, implemented and evaluated programs to provide direct services to students in GEAR UP high schools throughout the state of Maryland.