Aurora has more than 15 years of experience working at the intersection of research, policy, and practice in K–12 education. She provides technical assistance that helps states, districts, and schools use data and evidence, improve schools and systems, and effectively implement policy initiatives. Her doctoral work at Stanford University focused on the challenges and possibilities of sustaining reform over time, as well as the role of professional learning communities and evidence use in driving equitable practices. Before joining Education Northwest, she served as a data coach with the San Francisco Unified School District, evaluated school and district reform initiatives, and consulted on organizational learning, systems change, and research-practitioner partnerships. Aurora has taught at the graduate and middle school levels and is passionate about putting learning for students and adults at the center of educational change.
I believe that learning is a fundamental human right and I consider it both a great privilege and a great responsibility to help foster the conditions and processes through which optimal learning can occur. I find Education Northwest’s work particularly powerful because it honors the diverse contexts of locales and states while allowing the cross-pollination of best practices across and beyond the region.