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Eliese Rulifson

Research Associate, SRI Education

Eliese Rulifson is an education research associate with a focus on teacher quality and diversity, education finance, and STEM education. At SRI, Rulifson contributes to several projects including the study of MPACT: Math and Computational Thinking through 3D Making where she designs and manages structures for communication with school districts, the Regional Educational Lab (REL) Appalachia where she develops virtual learning adaptations for engaging families and communities in mathematics, and an Institute of Education Sciences study on district and school use of federal funds.

Prior to SRI, Rulifson worked as a research fellow with Edunomics Lab where she examined per pupil spending practices through an equity lens in school districts across the country. Additionally, she conducted research for the Seattle Teacher Residency on strategies for recruiting and retaining pre-service teachers of color in residency programs and put forth a policy recommendation focused on the benefits of culturally responsive teaching in K-12 mathematics. Before beginning a career in education research, Rulifson taught middle school math and served as an instructional coach for 10 years in public schools in New Orleans and Arkansas.

Rulifson holds a certificate in education finance from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in education policy from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in architecture & community design from the University of San Francisco.

Key projects

  1. District and School Uses of Federal Education Funds
  2. EIR Evaluation of WestEd Reading Apprenticeship
  3. Mathematics, 3D Printing, and Computational Thinking (MPACT)
  4. Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Appalachia
  5. A Suite of Standards-based Instructionally Supportive Tools for Middle School Computer Science (ASSIST-MSCS)



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