Keena P. Walters

Education Research Associate, SRI Education

Keena Walters is an equity-focused, qualitative education researcher. She brings her expertise in qualitative data collection and analysis to projects related to college and career pathways, alternative secondary education, and social and emotional learning.

At SRI, Walters’ current projects focus on school district procurement, teacher residency programs, tools to support middle school students’ participation in STEM, and a resource to diversify the educator workforce. Additionally, Walters directs the Postsecondary Teaching with Technology Collaborative student fellowship program to help amplify student voices and perspectives in research related to online learning.

Walters received her MA in social and cultural analysis of education from California State University, Long Beach, and her BA in family and consumer sciences with a minor in special education from San Francisco State University.

Key projects


Benge, C. & Walters, K. P. (2023). What does it mean to “scale” an educational product? LEARN Network.

Walters, K. & Reese, M. (2023). Perspectives from Postsecondary Collaborative Fellows: Why Interactive Learning is a Recipe for Student Motivation

Walters, K. & Amjad, M. (2023). Perspective from Postsecondary Collaborative Fellows: Helping Your Students not Just Survive but Thrive

Supporting Black Students in the CSU through Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, Representation, and Respect*

“I had to surpass”: Administrative barriers that first-generation college students of color face*

 *Publication prior to joining SRI .

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