Virginia Buysse is a principal researcher at AIR. She developed a program of research on Recognition & Response (R&R), an instructional system for pre-k consisting of formative assessment, and foundational and targeted instruction with funding from the U.S. Department of Education (Institute of Education Sciences) and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. She served as co-principal investigator on several national early childhood centers, including the National Professional Development Center on Inclusion, the Center to Mobilize Knowledge on Early Childhood, and the Center for Early Care and Education Research–Dual Language Learners. She also served on the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Childhood Education and the Workforce.
Dr. Buysse has served as an expert consultant on a number of federally funded projects, including those focused on progress monitoring and program evaluation in early childhood. She was past president of the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children and was member of the technical experts panel that developed CEC’s evidence-based standards for research in special education. She has authored four books and has published over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles on early childhood education and early intervention. With over 25 years of professional experience, she has expertise on a range of early childhood topics, including professional development and models of professional collaboration (coaching, consultation, communities of practice), program evaluation, multi-tiered instructional approaches in pre-k, and formative assessment for use in data-based decision-making.