Shannon L. Russell is a senior researcher at AIR. Dr. Russell has expertise in adolescent and child social development as well as methodological strengths in survey development and quantitative analysis. Currently, Dr. Russell provides support for two longitudinal studies sponsored by the National Center for Educational Statistics spanning childhood and early adolescence. The Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Kindergarten Class of 2010-11 (ECLS-K:2011) follows children from Kindergarten through 5th grade while the forthcoming Middle Grades Longitudinal Study of 2017-18 (MGLS:2017) will follow students from 6th through 8th grade.
Prior to working at AIR, Dr. Russell has been involved in research projects focused on the social emotional environment of the classroom, with an emphasis on teacher-student and peer relationships as related to student motivation and engagement. This work has been published in peer reviewed journals and book chapters as well as presented at national conferences. Much of her work has roots in her experiences as a high school teacher in Orlando, FL and as a volunteer teacher trainer in Namibia.