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Carrie D. Allen

STEM Researcher, Center for Technology in Learning

Carrie D. Allen, Ph.D., is a STEM education researcher in SRI International’s Center for Technology in Learning. Her research specializes in local policy implementation and instructional reform efforts within K-12 schools, and the role of both formal and informal learning environments in shaping youth participation and identity work within STEM. She is particularly interested in ways researchers can best support local efforts to make learning and participation in STEM more accessible and equitable for youth underrepresented in these fields.

At SRI, Allen has been involved in a number of projects examining the implementation of state, district, and school-level reform efforts. She has examined the sustainability of inclusive STEM high schools, the role of one-to-one school-wide initiatives in supporting expansive learning and instruction within K-12 schools, the utility of technological tools and online programs for teachers within science and math, and local curriculum adoption and adaptation to support teachers in implementing NGSS-aligned instruction. She has expertise in qualitative methods and has experience working in partnerships with schools, teachers, and students toward educational reform.

Before coming to SRI, Allen completed her doctorate in learning sciences and human development at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Allen taught high school English and reading, writing, and developmental education community college courses in the Seattle area. She has a master in teacher degree from Seattle University and a BA in English Literature from Western Washington University.