Timothy Speth

(he, him, his)

Senior Leader, Applied Research & Technical Assistance

Timothy’s passion and belief system mirrors Education Northwest’s mission to strengthen equitable learning environments, particularly through engaging student and family voice to improve educational systems. Whether Timothy is focused on technical assistance, research, or evaluation, any project that promotes program improvement and change by addressing issues of equity, culturally responsive practices, and social justice keeps him excited to come to work every day. He is especially excited about improving educational practices and outcomes for students who are disadvantaged.

Timothy started at Education Northwest in 1994 as the primary investigator of the Albina Head Start/Portland Public Schools National Early Childhood Transition Demonstration Project. Since then, he has led research and evaluation projects focused on early learning; family, school, and community engagement; school and district improvement; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous learning; and educator health and well-being. Timothy also served as the project director for the Oregon Parental Information Resource Center (2005–2012) at Education Northwest.


  • M.A., Experimental Psychology, San Diego State University
  • B.S., Psychology, South Dakota State University

My kids think I'm...

an ATM

My favorite simple pleasure is...

Playing poker

The best live music show I ever saw was...

Wilco at La Luna in Portland

Tim Speth

Areas of Expertise

  • School, family, and community partnerships
  • Early learning
  • School and district improvement
  • Qualitative research

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