Diana Serrano

Diana is a Strategic Data Project Fellow through the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University. Her work primarily focuses on English learners and their educational opportunities and outcomes. Prior to the fellowship, Diana was a research associate at the Education Development Center. Her work consisted of developing and testing sixth grade mathematics curricular materials for English learners in the middle school grades.

Before working at the Education Development Center, Diana was working at the Institute for Children, Youth and Family Policy at Brandeis University. Diana was a researcher where her work primarily focused on child care subsidies in the state of Massachusetts. Her interest in educational research stems from personal experience. Diana strongly believes that access to high quality education can positively change the course of an individual's life, which can in turn help lay the foundation for stronger communities. She has a Ph.D. in social policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

“I spent my childhood in rural Mexico and Woodburn, Oregon. Thanks to caring teachers, the course of my life took a direction an immigrant child can only dream of. I look forward to using my skills to conduct rigorous research to ensure schools only implement interventions that have been proven to work. Working at Education Northwest allows me to use my skills to work in the communities that provided me countless enriching opportunities. My goal is to help remove barriers so that all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

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Making it Personal: Conducting Relevant Research to Support English Learners


October 13th, 2020

Education Northwest researcher Diana Serrano experienced the power of education firsthand. Today, she gives back to English learners and educators through research grounded in practical application.