Stacey Caillier Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Research on Equity and Innovation and the Deeper Learning Hub, where she supports research and networked improvement work within and beyond the HTH schools. She has been with the GSE since its inception in 2006, previously serving as the Director of the Teacher Leadership M.Ed. program and Co-Director of Instructional Support for HTH schools. She is passionate about the potential for practice-oriented forms of research–like action research, improvement science, and design thinking–to transform schools by empowering educators and students to disrupt predictable patterns of success and failure and work together toward more equitable and engaging learning environments.

Prior to coming to High Tech High, she completed her doctorate at UC Davis in School Organization and Educational Policy. At her dissertation site, an arts-based charter school, she collaborated with teachers to design and implement an action research project that led to school-wide reforms. As a graduate teaching fellow at UC Davis and an adjunct faculty member in Hamline University’s Graduate School of Education, Stacey taught courses on action research and socio-cultural issues in education and mentored practicing teachers. At the HTH GSE, she has advised graduate research projects and taught courses in action research, improvement science, and leadership for school change. Her research interests include networked improvement science as a mechanism for school/system change and distributed leadership for social justice, teacher agency and identity, and school culture.

Stacey began her career as a high school physics and math teacher at a Portland, Oregon high school affiliated with the Coalition of Essential Schools. She later served as a teacher and science specialist in a California charter school. Stacey majored in physics and English at Willamette University, where she also earned a Master’s in Teaching and a secondary physics and math credential.

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