Diana Serrano

Areas of Expertise

  • Culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • Experimental and quasi-experimental design
  • Hierarchical linear modeling

Diana Serrano

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Senior Researcher, Quantitative Methods

Diana is most passionate about conducting applied research that informs evidence-based decision-making. Her main priority is to ensure that all children have access to high-quality educational opportunities. She’s particularly interested in addressing the unique needs of multilingual learners using strategies that leverage their assets. She is motivated by her own personal experience as an emergent bilingual student and immigrant navigating the United States’ educational system.

Prior to coming to Education Northwest, Diana worked at various organizations that sought to address some of society’s most pressing needs. For example, she worked on a team at the Education Development Center that sought to develop and test an innovative sixth-grade fraction division lesson with language supports for multilingual learners. While at the Institute for Children, Youth and Family Policy at Brandeis University, she worked on a project that sought to evaluate access to and continuity of care in early childhood care programs in the state of Massachusetts.


  • Ph.D., Social Policy with a concentration in Children, Youth, and Family Policy, Brandeis University
  • M.A., International Policy Studies, Human Security and Development, Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • B.A., German and Sociology, Willamette University
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