Ruth Sugar is a researcher at AIR, whose primary responsibilities include providing technical support to adult education state staff, program providers, and other stakeholders. Sugar contributes to these efforts through the design and delivery of in-person and online professional development and creation of supplemental support material, such as guides, briefs, and reports.
Sugar has extensive experience in adult education, providing instruction and program management at the local and state level and conducting qualitative research for over 20 years. Her previous work has focused on training and supporting practitioners to manage programs effectively and provide high quality instructional services to students. Sugar has worked in literacy programs throughout the country. At Literacy Volunteers of America-Houston, Sugar coordinated services and developed programming. She coordinated and trained volunteer tutors and assisted instructors in the classroom at Seattle Central Community College. While managing a state funded Family Literacy grant in Philadelphia, Sugar provided technical assistance to instructors and conducted data collection and analysis.