Shannon’s research and evaluation projects have spanned diverse topic areas and methodologies, and she has special interests in postsecondary readiness, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), family and community engagement, and trauma-informed practices. She is enthusiastic about connecting schools and youth development programs with strategies to foster skills and competencies that prepare youth for success in learning and in life. A former classroom teacher, Shannon seeks opportunities to complement research and evaluation work with coaching and technical assistance. She is dedicated to helping partners translate data into meaningful action, using research as a tool to promote learning and improvement. Shannon holds a Ph.D. in International and Comparative Education from Stanford University and has a background in both domestic and global issues in education. Her dissertation, funded by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship, was an investigation of mental health education policies and practices in China.
Researchers and educators have the power and responsibility to work together to support safe, healthy, and equitable learning environments.