Jill M. Pentimonti is a principal researcher with expertise in language and literacy instruction, early childhood development, intervention research, and quantitative methods. Dr.
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.
Jessica Newman is a senior 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.
Angelica Herrera, PhD, is a senior researcher at AIR and has 16 years of experience in designing and implementing research and evaluation studies for international, federal, state, and local contracts. Dr.
Barbara Broman is director of cross-cutting strategic initiatives in AIR’s Health and Social Development program.
Emily Weinberg is a researcher focusing on K-12 education policy as well as early childhood.
Eboni Howard is a managing researcher at AIR with over 24 years of experience in the areas of early childhood and family support, as well as program administration and management. Dr. Howard has served as a senior advisor, principal investigator, or project director for over 38 projects.