Kylie Klein is a senior researcher at AIR, where she works with state, regional, and local agencies on research, evaluation, and technical assistance projects. Her research focuses on developing and sustaining research-practice partnerships, designing and conducting evaluations, and supporting the use of research evidence in state and local practice and policy.
Her work at AIR spans multiple content areas and efforts. She currently serves at the deputy director for the GRAD Partnership for Student Success, which is a nine-organization collaborative working to shape the field of on-track indicators and student success systems. She serves in a leadership role on the RESTART Network, an IES funded pandemic recovery effort that supports four research-practice partnership teams. As a member of the leadership team for the Evidence Support Center (ESC), she also contributes to designing systems and structures that foster the use of evidence-based strategies in school and district improvement efforts. She has led multiple coaching and technical assistance projects to expand state education leader's capacity to develop research-based policies and tools, including supporting the Texas Education Agency and the Indiana Department of Education.
Klein has over 15 years of district and research leadership experience and began her career as an elementary school teacher in Paterson, NJ. Prior to joining AIR, she worked in school district administration and leadership roles in Chicago Public Schools and Evanston Skokie School District 65. She was also a director at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, where she co-authored Supporting Social, Emotional, and Academic Development: Research Implications for Educators. She has been co-PI on several large-scale research grants and is currently an advisor on an NSF grant awarded to the Museum of Science and Industry for their Med-Lab program.
Klein served as a founding steering committee member for the National Network of Education Research Practice Partnerships and currently serves as the chair of the District Research Leaders subcommittee. She has also served as an invited panelist for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and been a guest lecturer for masters and doctoral programs at Northwestern, Harvard, UWisconsin at Madison, and University of Chicago.
M.Ed., Dominican University, Education Administration and Leadership; M.P.P., University of Chicago, Education Policy; B.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Economics, Japanese, and Psychology