Carrie Scholz is a managing researcher at AIR with over 13 years of research and evaluation experience. Dr. Scholz co-leads AIR’s efforts to partner with districts, states, developers and other organizations to implement and test the outcomes associated with civics interventions. Dr. Scholz is the director of the Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest where she oversees the research and development of interventions co-designed with districts across the seven states in the region. She is currently working with iCivics as the co-principal investigator to study Educating for American Democracy’s implementation and outcomes. Scholz is also the co-principal investigator on an NSF-funded research-practice partnership that works to integrate computer science in Milwaukee Public Schools and she leads a research-practice partnership with Milwaukee that is measuring the usability, feasibility, and acceptability of an intervention to integrate computational thinking and student-focused practices into grade 6 mathematics curricula. She also is the principal investigator for Milwaukee Public Schools’ Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund evaluation.
Scholz has extensive experience developing tools for educators to improve practice and delivering research-based coaching through her previous work as the principal investigator for a project entitled Implementing and Measuring the Effects of Student-Centered Learning Practices via a Networked Improvement Community funded by the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and Overdeck Family Foundation; the project director for the Supporting Teacher Effectiveness project and an improvement coach for the Florida Network for School Improvement, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
She previously served as a steering committee member for the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships. Prior to AIR, Dr. Scholz worked at Learning Point Associates, where she managed projects such as a statewide evaluation of full-day kindergarten, assisted in the design and completion of states’ research and dissemination efforts, conducted research syntheses, and communicated research results to policymakers and practitioners. Dr. Scholz also worked for IES as an associate research scientist while in graduate school.
Ph.D., Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago; M.S., Child Development and Family Studies, Purdue University; B.A., Psychology and Spanish, Westminster College