Katie Dahlke

Principal Researcher

Katie Dahlke is a principal researcher at AIR with 15 years of experience as a program evaluator and researcher, with a focus studying early care and education (ECE) settings and evaluating PreK-12 education programs. Her technical areas of expertise includes quasi-experimental, experimental, and mixed methods research and evaluation design as well as measure development and validation. Dr. Dahlke currently serves as the research lead for the Southwest Early Childhood (SWECE) Research Partnership within the Regional Education Laboratory, Southwest. As part of the SWECE Research Partnership, she serves as a co-principal investigator for a descriptive study examining public preK participation in Oklahoma.

Dr. Dahlke has conducted validation studies of kindergarten entry assessments in Pennsylvania and New Mexico. She has conducted an experimental design study of the impacts of providing preschools teachers with individualized instructional feedback on teacher, program, and child outcomes. She also has led a validation study of early educator practices and supports in Massachusetts, a randomized control trail study of a literacy intervention in Wisconsin, a mixed-method evaluation of an early childhood initiative in Texas, two Early Reading First program mixed-methods evaluations, and a statewide landscape study of language and literacy practices in three ECE programs in Ohio.

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Ph.D. and M.A., Northwestern University, Human Development and Social Policy; M.S.W., University of South Carolina; B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign