Nick Yoder is a senior technical assistance consultant. In his current role, Dr. Yoder leads the focal area on safe and supportive classrooms, and social and emotional learning (SEL) for the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, in which he provides technical assistance to states and districts on the integration of SEL and school climate with other educational reform initiatives, including college- and career-readiness and teacher evaluation systems. In addition, Dr. Yoder provides training and coaching support to principals and teachers on effective instructional practices, including those practices that promote a safe and supportive learning, and promote the development of student social, emotional, and academic skills.
Along with providing technical assistant to states, districts, and schools, Dr. Yoder helps conduct program evaluations for SEL programs. Currently, Dr. Yoder is working on an Investing in Innovation development grant that is studying the impact of a schoolwide SEL intervention called Schoolkit on the implementation of a classroom-based SEL program in Chicago Public Schools (CPS). He is also involved in Institutes for Education Science development grant that is analyzing the effects of an eighth-grade identity-based motivation program with Chicago Public School teachers and students.
Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Yoder was a research assistant at the University of Michigan, in which he researched the relationship between teacher instructional practices and student social and emotional development. In that role, he also taught educational psychology to preservice teachers at the University of Michigan’s School of Education, and provided instructional coaching for novice teachers through an alternative certification program. Additionally, Dr. Yoder taught elementary school in Chicago Public Schools, in which he was lead teacher and provided professional development trainings to school staff.