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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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​Annastasia Purinton

Dr. Annastasia B. Purinton is an associate policy scientist for the Partnership for Public Education. Annastasia earned her Ed.D. from the University of Delaware in 2021, where she studied literacy for multilingual learners (MLs) and Education Leadership. Annastasia began working for the Partnership in 2020 and has supported numerous partnership-building projects designed to mobilize UD knowledge and expertise to meet the needs of the greater Delaware education community.  

Annastasia has also previously 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 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. In addition, Annastasia has previous experience teaching ESL, instructional coaching, and providing professional development for local districts, Migrant Education, and 21st Century programs in her community. 



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