Hella Bel Hadj Amor

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.

Practice Expert, Analytic Technical Assistance


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Blog Posts

So You Think You Want to Conduct Research in a School District? Part 2


November 5th, 2014

When you approach a district with a request to conduct research or receive data, you probably won’t be the first. Districts are likely to have a process for managing requests, especially districts like DC Public Schools where I used to manage this process and everyone wants to do research. The...

So You Think You Want to Conduct Research in a School District? Part 1


November 4th, 2014

When I led the data and research request process at DC Public Schools, I heard a range of arguments from researchers who wanted to conduct research or receive data. Some were funny, others outrageous. That’s why I am writing an introduction on how to do this right. Believe it or not, doing research...

Talking to Teachers About Value-Added Measures


July 29th, 2014

It’s easy to understand why teachers are not always thrilled when they learn their district is considering using value-added models to help evaluate their effectiveness. One concern teachers may have about any system that rates them based on their students’ performance is, What if, by design or...