Kyo Yamashiro

Executive Director and Co-Founder kyo@laeri org


Yamashiro works at the intersection of education research and policy and practice. In addition to serving as the Executive Director of LAERI, she is on the faculty at the Claremont Graduate University School of Educational Studies and directs the Urban Leadership PhD program, training practitioner-scholars. Her work in the applied research field has included managing and conducting research at nonprofit research organizations such as WestEd, SRI International, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, and the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). In addition, she has dedicated a large portion of her career to improving systems and programs in large, urban districts, directing evaluation activities in Long Beach Unified School District and overseeing choice and charter school activities in San Diego Unified School District. Her research has focused on choice and charter schools; standards-based and test-based accountability systems; measuring aspects of school climate, school quality, classroom climate, and teacher practices, and defining progress and success for schools and programs. Yamashiro received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, in Social Research Methodology and her M.A. in Educational Policy Analysis and Administration from Stanford University, where she also received her B.A. in English Literature.

Meredith Phillips

Research Collaborator and Co-Founder meredith.phillips@ucla edu


Phillips, an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, conducts research on educational inequality and teaches classes on education policy and research methods. Her research focuses on the causes of ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in educational success and how to reduce those disparities. She uses a variety of experimental, quantitative, and qualitative methods in her research. Phillips has published articles in journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, Child Development, and Sociology of Education, and she co-edited The Black-White Test Score Gap. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology and M.A. in Human Development and Social Policy, both from Northwestern University, and her A.B. from Brown University.

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