Theresa collaborates closely with a dynamic group of professional researchers and evaluators that provides specific, actionable data and research to support educational policymakers and practitioners. Her own research interests focus on programs and projects to support immigrant students and English learners, as well as struggling readers of any linguistic background. She is currently wrapping up an IES-funded randomized controlled trial of Project GLAD, an approach to combining content area and academic language instruction in the mainstream classroom. Recently, she testified to the Washington and Oregon state legislatures about the benefits of bilingualism and in support of dual-language programs and effective instruction for English learners. As much as she loves the Northwest, one of her favorite recent experiences was serving on the international accreditation team for Innova Schools in Lima, Peru. On the literacy side of her work, she was the principal investigator for Washington Striving Readers and oversaw the evaluation of Reading First in multiple western states. She also served on the Alaska state literacy panel. Prior to joining Education Northwest in 2001, Theresa taught sociology—including methods—for several years and conducted evaluations for several agencies in the Northwest. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and later received her master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on twitter @TLDeussen.
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