Rachel Maller

Areas of Expertise

  • Educational equity
  • School culture and climate
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Program evaluation

Rachel Maller

(she, her, hers)

Researcher, Applied Research & Equitable Evaluation

Rachel is passionate about helping educational organizations use data and evidence to inform their policies and practices. She hopes to create a more equitable education system where all students feel safe, supported, and able to achieve their goals. Rachel is dedicated to addressing key issues such as the achievement gap, discipline disparities, bullying, and mental health. She loves engaging in the whole research process and finds satisfaction integrating findings into policy and practice. She believes a data-informed, evidence-based, and inclusive decision-making process can solve persistent issues in education.

As a graduate student, Rachel worked on a research-practice partnership with Iowa school districts to improve equity in student experiences and outcomes. In this role, she analyzed and reported annual school climate data and co-facilitated taskforces to update district strategic plans and discipline policies. She has written and presented on the impact of positive school climate on student outcomes. As a member of the University of Iowa Reimagining Campus Safety Action Committee, Rachel developed recommendations and a multi-year implementation plan for a new holistic campus safety model. In addition, Rachel has experience in program evaluation and as a teaching assistant. Beyond her research experience, Rachel’s first jobs were working with kids, and she has always loved education and learning. Her range of experiences and passion for youth brought her to Education Northwest where she seeks to continue to improve school systems through applied research.


  • M.A., Sociology, University of Iowa
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Iowa

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