Derek Riley conducts qualitative research and evaluation on education programs, policies, and practices and seeks to produce usable, practical knowledge. He has worked with clients that include federal agencies, school districts, foundations, and non-profit organizations on a wide range of education topics. He is responsible for designing and managing qualitative research efforts, including those that are part of large, multi-organization, mixed-method studies. He is particularly interested in research that investigates implementation and the contextual features that contribute to an initiative’s outcomes.
Mr. Riley has expertise in federal technical assistance, school improvement, educational leadership, special education, and teacher professional development. His current work includes serving as project director on PSA’s role in Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), a resource network for the National Science Foundation (NSF’s) Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12) program, and managing qualitative research on a six-district principal pipeline initiative and a national 4-H Science program.
He earned a B.S. in education from Miami University and his Ed.M. from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Mr. Riley’s research is informed by his experience as a teacher, having taught several content areas to elementary through high school students identified for special, general, and gifted education.