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Leigh Mesler Parise

Dr. Leigh Mesler Parise

Co-Founder & Director , Education at Classroom Champions
Research Associate , MDRC




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Biography

When I applied to graduate school, I was teaching at a high-need school in Brooklyn and felt passionate about finding a program that would allow me to explore the kinds of education policy issues that affected urban students, teachers and schools. I looked at many traditional education policy programs, but was intrigued by HDSP's multidisciplinary approach. Although I had some concerns that the HDSP's breadth might prevent me from focusing my work on education, I quickly realized that its multidisciplinary nature instead informed how I approached my work, and it never hindered my ability to focus on education.

Throughout the program, I had substantial opportunities to explore the education topics that interested me the most. My education courses and in-depth project work with my adviser, Jim Spillane, allowed me to engage in deep qualitative and quantitative work focused on urban education. I spent time conducting research in local schools and worked with both national and district education datasets. At the same time, attending classes and engaging in discussions with HDSP professors and students with varied backgrounds and interests contributed to my growth as a graduate student. Interacting with other students who were interested in various aspects of development and social policy helped me learn how to communicate about my research with a broad audience and think about how my work fit more broadly into the various contexts than impact students, teachers, and schools. Having experience collaborating and communicating across the different traditional disciplines represented within HDSP was also incredibly valuable as I searched for policy jobs after grad school.


Awards/Honors

  • 2007 - Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences Fellowship

Research/Scholarship

Education

Year Degree Institution
2011 PhD, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University
2005 MS, Education: Teaching Pace University
2003 BA, History and Sociology University of Pennsylvania

Dissertation

Year Title  
2011 Examining Teacher Development: An Analysis of Policy, Practice, and School Leadership

Selected Publications

Spillane, J.P., Parise, L.M., & Sherer, J.Z. (Working Paper/In Press/Under Review). Organizational Routines as Coupling Mechanisms: Policy, School Administration, and the Technical Core. American Educational Research Journal.

Parise, Leigh M. & Spillane, J. P. (2010). Teacher Learning and Instructional Change: How Formal and On-the-Job Learning Opportunities Predict Change in Elementary School Teachersí Practice. Elementary School Journal.
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Spillane, J.P., Healey, K., & Parise, L.M. (November, 2009). School leadersí formal and informal opportunities-to-learn: A descriptive analysis. Educational Review.

Spillane, J.P. , Gomez, L., & Mesler, L. (2009). School Organization and Policy: Implementation, Organizational Resources, and School Work Practice in Plank, D., Sykes, G., & Schneider, B. , Handbook of Education Policy Research (pp. 409-425). Lawrence Erlbaum.

Mesler, L. (2009). The Power of Peer Tutoring: Success for a Retained Student. Teachers College Record: 1894-1915.

Selected Presentations

Parise, L.M. (2010). Does More Teacher Learning Translate to More Student Learning? A Descriptive Analysis of Teachersí Learning Opportunities and an Exploration of the Links Between Teacher Learning Opportunities and Student Achievement..   Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO, April 29 - May 4, 2010 .

Parise, L.M. (2010). Understanding the School Principalís Role in Teacher Development. . Paper presented at the International Journal of Arts and Sciences Conference, Provence, France, June 8-11, 2010.

Parise, L.M. (2010). Exploring the Principal's Role in Teacher Development.. Paper presented at the Institute of Education Sciences Annual Research Conference in Washington, D.C., June 28-30, 2010.

Mesler, L. (2009). Teacher Learning and Instructional Change: How Formal and On-the-Job Learning Opportunities Predict Change in Elementary School Teachersí Practice. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, April 12-16, 2009 .

Petrie, D.H. & Mesler, L. (2009). Project Management for Educational Researchers. Professional Development course taught at the American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, April 12-16, 2009 .

Mesler, L. (2009). Teacher Learning Opportunities and Student Achievement. Poster presented at the Institute of Education Sciences Annual Research Conference in Washington, D.C., June 7-9, 2009 .

Mesler, L. (2008). Teachers' Formal and Informal Learning Opportunities and Teacher Change. Poster presented at the Institute of Education Sciences Annual Research Conference in Washington, D.C., June 10-12, 2008 .

Research Interests

Teacher quality, teacher learning, teacher professional development, educational policy, school leadership, policy implementation, urban education

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