Eleanor S. Fulbeck is a principal researcher at AIR and director of the educator preparation and performance practice area. Her major areas of interest and expertise include educator human capital management, program evaluation, mixed-methods research, and geospatial techniques. In particular, she is interested in the way educational policy can be crafted and implemented to promote equal educational access and opportunity.
At AIR, she serves as the principal investigator for the evaluation of the Denver Teacher Residency Program and the National Center for Teacher Residencies’ Teacher Preparation Transformation Center funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition, she is the project director for the evaluation of the Newark Public Schools breakthrough teacher contract and the National Center for Teacher Residencies’ Supporting Effective Educator Development grant evaluation. Across projects, she oversees all aspects of the evaluations, designs and advises research, evaluation, and technical assistance support, writes reports, manages client relationships, and supervises junior staff.
Before joining AIR, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she examined the use of financial incentives as a policy lever for increasing retention, specifically at high-poverty schools.