Caitlin Scott

Caitlin leads and serves on research and evaluation teams focused on issues such as school reform, implementation of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and literacy interventions for struggling readers. She is particularly interested in education as a social justice issue. Her evaluation and research skills focus on using mixed methods, including research design, instrument development, observations, interviews, document reviews, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, report writing, and presentation of findings. Caitlin loves poetry and bird watching, and holds an M.A. in Creative Writing in addition to a Ph.D. in teaching and learning and an M.T. in special education. Her husband’s work as a high school English teacher keeps her grounded in classroom realities.

As a Vygotsky fan, I believe that intelligence does not reside within the individual but is instead distributed among a community of learners. Through my evaluation work at Education Northwest, I hope to work with practitioners to create new knowledge about education issues and improve systems that ensure an educated citizenry.

Manager-Research and Evaluation


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Blog Posts

Learning from the Recent Past: How the SIG Program Can Inform Rural School Improvement


June 29th, 2017

With ESSA placing states and districts in the driver’s seat when it comes to school improvement, what lessons can be learned from the School Improvement Grant (SIG) program?

Transforming Rural Schools Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Learning from the Past


May 18th, 2016

Caitlin Scott writes on a new REL Northwest study that uncovers challenges faced by rural schools with School Improvement Grants and shows the promise of technical assistance when it comes to implementing evidence-based strategies.

Mission Impossible? Improving Leadership in Rural Low-Performing Schools


November 2nd, 2015

Caitlin Scott writes about the difficulties rural schools might face when replacing principals and a concept she finds promising for engaging rural students.

ESEA Turns 50: What Can We Learn About School Improvement?


June 4th, 2015

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) turned 50 on April 11, 2015. The law is our nation’s primary mechanism for distributing federal funds to schools and for guiding improvement efforts, especially in schools with high percentages of low-income students. I, too, turn 50 in 2015. As I...

It’s Never Too Early: Evaluating School Improvement


February 12th, 2015

I just finished facilitating one of the most satisfying evaluation meetings of my career. No, I did not present results of outstanding successes or reveal the secret to improving schools. Drawing on materials from the Wallace Foundation , I helped project leaders create a logic model to inform the...

Making More of More: Expanded Learning Time in Oregon


January 8th, 2015

In my previous job as a teacher of students with disabilities, I often wished I had more time with my class—more time for quiet reading, more time for raucous games, more time to connect lessons to the real world. In short, I wanted more time for everything in the curriculum to sink in and take...