Mary Thorngren has more than 30 years of experience in managing and providing training and technical assistance to school districts, community-based organizations, public health, and other systems to improve the lives of children, youth, and families. Thorngren is the project director for the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, a federal collaborative of 21 federal departments and agencies working together to improve youth outcomes.
In 2019, a grant gave Ohio the opportunity to improve literacy outcomes for children from birth through grade 12 and required educators to use relevant evidence-based practices. AIR experts provided education leaders with trainings on ESSA and evidence-based practices and produced several resources, such as a crosswalk aligning the ESSA evidence tiers with the ratings systems of evidence-based clearinghouses.
Equity is at the heart of AIR’s mission and work. In 2019, AIR’s experts contributed evidence and insights in support of equal access to a good education, quality health care services, and robust opportunities in the workforce. Learn how AIR’s mission-focused work in research, evaluation, and technical assistance is improving people’s lives across the U.S. and around the world.
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