Hella leads technical assistance and research, primarily in educator effectiveness and equity. She also leads REL Northwest's Oregon Leadership Network Research Alliance, which focuses on reducing disparities in graduation rates and exclusionary disciplinary actions for different subgroups of students. Before joining Education Northwest, Hella directed Teacher Effectiveness Research and Evaluation for the District of Columbia Public Schools and supported the design of educator evaluation systems in New York State and Massachusetts among others.
We do not have to choose between students and teachers when we make education policy decisions. The right policies and programs promote success and well-being for both groups. Education Northwest provides me with an exciting opportunity to help make that happen in districts and states every day.