Larry Condelli

Institute Fellow and Managing Researcher

Dr. Larry Condelli is an Institute Fellow and managing researcher at AIR. His work includes research on adult ESL students, accountability, and providing professional development and technical assistance to educators of adult learners. He directs the state technical support project for the National Reporting System (NRS) and provides training and technical assistance to states on accountability and using data for program management and improvement. He was instrumental in developing this national accountability system for the federally funded adult education and literacy program.

Dr. Condelli’s major research work has been in evaluation of adult ESL instruction, including directing the What Works Study, the largest national empirical study of the effectiveness of instructional practices for adult ESL students. He also directed a national experimental study examining an ESL literacy instructional intervention.

Dr. Condelli is a co-founder of LESLLA, an international organization devoted to research and improving instruction for adult low-literate migrants. He founded AIR’s adult learning practice area and he serves as a senior advisor for the National Assessment of Adult Education and on all of AIR’s Office of Career Technical and Adult Education (OCTAE)-funded projects and state-funded adult education projects.

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Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A., Psychology, California State University, Northridge; B.A., Psychology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles