Elizabeth Nolan is a researcher at AIR. Her research centers on the conditions and policies which lead to supportive, equitable learning environments and opportunities for holistically defining school and student success. She has expertise in school climate, social and emotional learning and development, and tribal education policy. Nolan has methodological experience in research methods for causal inference and quasi-experimental study designs, including comparative interrupted time series and regression discontinuity.
Nolan has led program evaluations, study recruitment, quantitative and quantitative analyses, and systematic literature reviews. She currently leads several social and emotional learning evaluations in Chicago. She serves as task coordinator on the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Statistics, Website, and Training contract, which is responsible for updating the WWC’s methodological policy and conducting training activities.
Prior to joining AIR, Nolan worked as a contractor for the Bureau of Indian Education, where she conducted Title I grant monitoring in schools across 23 states. In this role, she designed and implemented a culturally-responsive, integrated method for monitoring continuous school improvement and compliance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and federal regulations applicable to tribal schools.