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Todd A. Grindal

Senior Researcher, Center for Learning and Development

Todd Grindal, Ed.D., studies the impact of public policies on young children and children with disabilities.

Currently, Grindal is participating in the evaluation of the Virginia Preschool Initiative, supporting a regression discontinuity study of the initiative’s impact on children’s school readiness outcomes. Grindal is also working on the Institute of Education Sciences Continuous Improvement Research in Education partnership grant with secondary schools in Montana. The objective of this project is to support lower performing students struggling with reading through improvement science methods.

Before joining SRI, Grindal led a variety of evaluation and technical assistance projects. In recent work for the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families, Grindal and colleagues used integrated administrative data to provide new insights into the participation of young Hispanic children in publicly funded early care and education programs. In other work conducted as part of the Secondary Analysis of Variation in Impacts of Head Start Center, Grindal and colleagues used innovative analytic methods to understand how the impacts of Head Start varied by the type of care children would have otherwise received. The article summarizing this work, on which Grindal is a co-author, was awarded the 2016 Applied Research Award for Advances in Methodology by the American Education Research Association.

Grindal has written numerous peer-reviewed publications and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. He regularly presents his work at scholarly conferences and has been an invited speaker at the United Nations, the Clinton Global Initiative/Hult Prize, and several policy think tanks. Grindal has been recognized as an Emerging Education Policy Scholar by the Fordham Foundation and American Enterprise Institute. 

Grindal conducted his master’s and doctoral work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he was awarded a Julius B. Richmond Fellowship by the Harvard Center on the Developing Child. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, Grindal worked for six years as a teacher and school administrator of elementary school and preschool levels.