Katie Dahlke is a principal researcher at AIR. She has more than eight years experience as an education program evaluator and researcher, with a particular focus on early childhood education. In her present position, Dahlke leads a statewide evaluation of preschool special education classrooms in Ohio and two Early Reading First programs. In addition, she has directed a randomized controlled trial Striving Readers study. She leads evaluation and research teams ranging from 5 to over 50 members, investigating the implementation and impact of various education initiatives and programs. As principal investigator, project director, or analyst on a number of projects, she manages relationships with sponsors, subcontractors and stakeholders. Her technical work includes the design of data collection protocols as well as the collection and analysis of survey, interview, classroom observation and student assessment data.
Dahlke’s previous work included leading the evaluation of three early childhood programs: an elementary program as part of the Ohio Department of Education Early Language and Literacy Classroom Observation study, a statewide evaluation of an early childhood initiative and school readiness certification system in Texas, and another Early Reading First program. She also has coordinated and participated in the evaluation of Reading First Ohio and worked on a curriculum audit team in New York school districts. Dahlke has evaluated a variety of additional federally funded and state-funded education programs, including Smaller Learning Communities, school-based mentoring programs, North Carolina 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the South Carolina Reading First Initiative, a federally funded local magnet schools grant program, and a federally-funded teacher quality grant program. She currently is pursuing a doctoral degree in human development and social policy from Northwestern University.