Jill M. Pentimonti is a senior researcher with expertise in language and literacy instruction, early childhood development, intervention research, and quantitative methods. Dr.
Pamela A. Bonsu is a researcher at AIR with experience in designing formative evaluations.
Janice Esau Keizer is a senior technical assistance consultant with the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest. In this position, she leads, coordinates, and facilitates the work of the Arkansas and New Mexico PreK Research Alliances as part of the REL Southwest work.
Virginia Buysse is a principal researcher at AIR. She developed a program of research on Recognition & Response (R&R), an instructional system for pre-k consisting of formative assessment, and foundational and targeted instruction with funding from the U.S.
Michael Baran is a principal researcher at AIR. Dr.
Lisa Shimmel is deputy director of the Midwest Comprehensive Center and a senior policy analyst at the American Institutes for Research.
Jill Bowdon is a researcher at the American Institutes for Research. Dr. Bowdon has extensive training in statistical methods appropriate for making causal inferences, including experimental design and quasi-experimental methods.
Jessica Newman is a researcher focused on promoting positive youth development in and out of school. Her work focuses on the practices that promote social and emotional learning and youth development, with an emphasis on out-of-school time programming.
Shannon Lasserre-Cortez is a senior researcher at AIR. Dr. Lasserre-Cortez’s current research interests and areas of expertise include longitudinal research and evaluation, dropout prevention, and early childhood education.