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Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, Director

Dr. Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy in the School of Education and an affiliate of the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Education Policy and has been working in educational research over ten years.  In addition to serving as the Director of the Partnership for Public Education, she co-leads R4S funded by IES and a Spencer-funded project examining teachers’ use of data for instructional decision-making. She has expertise in quantitative and mixed methods and applies a variety of methodological tools to research projects, including in regression, multi-level models, social-network analysis, surveys, and content analysis. Her research expertise is in policy analysis and evidence-based decision-making, and recent work includes studies of administrator mobility, school and teachers’ use of data, teacher quality and effects, and equity in student outcomes.

Dr. Farley-Ripple has been awarded grants from the Spencer Foundation and the Institute for Education Sciences and has published research in respected journals such as Educational Researcher, Journal of Educational Administration, Educational Policy, the American Journal of EducationEducational Management, Administration, and Leadership, and Urban Education. Her recent co-authored article, “Rethinking Connections Between Research and Practice in Education: A Conceptual Framework,” was identified as the 8th most read education articles of 2018 by the American Educational Research Association. This work theorizes a new way of understanding the challenges of bridging the traditional gaps between research produced by universities or think-tanks and practice in schools and districts.

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​Fran O'Malley, Associate Director

Dr. Fran O'Malley, Ed.D. taught middle and high school social studies in Delaware for 24 years before coming to the University of Delaware where he now serves as the Associate Director for the Partnership for Public Education, and the Associate Director for PDCE and Curriculum Specialist for the Democracy Project. He has received numerous awards including Delaware Teacher of the Year, a James Madison Fellowship and a summer Fulbright Fellowship (China). At the state level, Fran served on the commission that developed the Delaware Social Studies standards and works closely with the Department of Education to craft Delaware’s Recommended Curriculum and assessments. His initiatives include Delaware History Day, the Delaware’s Mock Trial competition, the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware, and the Delaware Law-Related Education Project. At the national level, Fran, served on an advisory panel for the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards, and has directed Teaching American History and Library of Congress Teaching with Primary grants. His prime interests include problematic prior learning in history, civics education and curriculum development.

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​Annastasia Purinton

​Annastasia Purinton is a program associate for the Partnership of Public Education and a doctoral student at the University of Delaware's School of Education, where she studies literacy for English learners (ELs) and Education Leadership. She recently taught Literacy for English Language Learners, a course for undergraduate and graduate students, and worked as a graduate research assistant for an IES funded reading intervention study. Annastasia is a double alumnus who studied English literature and education as an undergraduate student and earned Master's degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and Education from the University of Delaware. Annastasia has previous experience teaching ESL, instructional coaching, and providing professional development for local districts, Migrant Education, and 21st Century programs in her community. Annastasia also volunteers locally as a Girls on the Run coach.

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Chanel Gaither

Chanel has over a decade of experience working in college access and planning. In addition to a Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a Master's degree from the University of Delaware, Chanel holds a College Admissions Certificate from Harvard University and a New and Aspiring School Leaders Certificate from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Chanel developed and implemented the strategic plan for KIPP NJ/Newark Collegiate Academy and Marion P. Thomas Charter where she developed the college counseling programs from the ground up. Most recently, she has served as Assistant Dean of Admission for the University of Virginia. Chanel served as the Education Chair for the University of Virginia Alumni Association, Club of Delaware, and as the Club President for the University of Virginia Alumni Association, Club of New Jersey. 

 Chanel is the President and Founder of Minorities Achieving Collegiate Success (M.A.C.S). M.A.C.S is a non-profit organization founded in 2008 in Dover, Delaware. The mission of M.A.C.S. is to provide college and career counseling services to first generation and international students. Chanel currently oversees a virtual college counseling program for students in Saudi Arabia and Dubai.

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