Zoe Velie

Areas of Expertise

  • Equity and diversity
  • Indigenous education
  • Mixed methods research

Zoe Velie

(she, her, hers)

Research Associate, Equitable Learning Environments

Zoe is motivated by a core belief that the world would be a better place if our schools nurtured the brilliance of every child and to leverage the tools available to build a public education system that works for all. Through collaboration with the many brilliant thinkers who dare to shift the paradigm, she believes it is feasible to pay teachers more; mainline culturally responsive curriculum; close the achievement gap; normalize inclusivity in the classroom; end the school-to-prison pipeline; strengthen Arts and STEM programs; and—above all—encourage the dreams of every student, regardless of background.

Zoe has worn many hats including that of a reporter for a local NPR station, a researcher for a public health organization, a waitress, and a student. All of her experiences have led her to understand that our education system is a major force in a community’s quality of life—economically, socially, and spiritually. She says she is privileged to work in an environment where she can align her skills with her values and support data-driven, culturally responsive research and evaluations.

Education

  • B.A., Sociology, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Certificate, Data Analytics & Visualization, University of Minnesota

If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be...

In a cabin in Grand Marais, Minnesota

My favorite simple pleasure is...

Making playlists for friends

Only a few people know that I can...

Perform a pirouette