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Michelle Renée Valladares

University of Colorado Boulder

Michelle Renée Valladares is Associate Director of the National Education Policy Center. She leads and partners in a series of projects that aim to increase educational opportunities for all students in our nation’s education systems. This includes serving as PI of a Ford Foundation funded project to create a research hub to support the education justice movement, and as a member of the Schools of Opportunity project leadership and the Education Justice Network. Michelle also supports the development and implementation of equitable education policies by conducting original research on indicator systems, parent and family engagement, school turnaround and education organizing.  Michelle has a PhD in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She serves on the advisory board of the Family Leadership Design Collaborative, and is a member of AERA’s Exemplary Contributions to Practice Engaged Research Award Committee. Prior to joining NEPC, Michelle was Associate Director and Assistant Clinical Professor at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR). At AISR, she led the Time for Equity Indicators Project, which developed and supports the use of a comprehensive set of indicators that measure how expanded time and learning opportunities can transform the lives of students, the structure of schools, and the power of communities. Michelle was a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access and worked as a legislative assistant to then Congressman Tom Udall.

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