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Jaunelle Pratt-Williams

Education Researcher, SRI Education

Jaunelle Pratt-Williams, Ph.D., is an education researcher with experience in quantitative and qualitative research that aims to utilize mixed methods approaches whenever they are appropriate. Pratt-Williams interests include resource allocation, social and emotional learning and supports, school finance policy, and educational opportunities for disadvantaged student populations.

At SRI, Pratt-Williams is the project leader for the implementation evaluation of a community college program that seeks to increase the number of Hispanic students attain degrees in STEM fields. The evaluation employs a mixed methods approach utilizing both quantitative and qualitative measures. Pratt-Williams also is conducting evaluation research on projects examining rural education, high school drop-out prevention strategies, the implementation of PBIS, new teachers mentoring, and migrant student education.

Pratt-Williams earned her Ph.D. in education policy from Teachers College, Columbia University. In her dissertation, she examined the ways that large districts in the US make decisions about resource allocation for student support services and the impact of these decisions on staff and district level graduation measures. Pratt-Williams also earned a M.A. in politics and education from Teachers College, Columbia University, a M.S.Ed. in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in journalism and educational studies from Emory University. She was a 5th grade teacher in Philadelphia, PA, Camden, NJ, and Metro-Atlanta.

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