Sarah Beck is a researcher at AIR. She has more than seven years of experience in education and leverages her perspective as a former teacher to inform her work in policy and program evaluation. Her primary research interests include teacher preparation and teacher leadership. In her current role, Beck manages the qualitative components of the Denver Public Schools Talent Management evaluation including designing the data collection and analysis plans, creating focus group and interview protocols, developing coding frameworks, and constructing client communication plans. In addition, she leads the internal evaluation of two comprehensive centers, the Texas Comprehensive Center and the Southeast Comprehensive Center, collecting data on the work of nearly 40 projects across six states. She is the deputy project director for the NCTR SEED program evaluation.
Her previous work includes leading the evaluation of a blended learning pilot in Hartford, Connecticut and training teachers to conduct action research in their classrooms. She has worked with Boston Public Schools, assisting in a formative evaluation of the Office of Data Inquiry’s work to improve school-level data teams. Before moving into research and policy, Beck worked as a middle school English teacher in Bridgeport, Connecticut, as a Teach For America corps member.