Ms. Butler is an experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher with expertise in education policy, parent engagement, and STEM education in out-of-school contexts.
Ms. Butler currently directs an evaluation for the National Environmental Education Foundation of a citizen science program implemented in partnership between the National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Education, and U.S. Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program. She also leads an evaluation of the Tellin’ Stories approach to parent engagement. Additional projects include evaluations of the Children’s Aid Society Parent Leadership Institute, the Boys and Girls Club Great Futures in Science program, and activities delivered through the NSF-funded Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education program.
Recently, she led a formative evaluation of US2020 that provided insights into the conditions that support the organization’s efforts to build a local and national STEM mentoring movement. She was a key member of a study team responsible for a multi‑year evaluation of the 4-H Science Initiative. Other past projects include national studies of teacher evaluation systems and ESEA Flexibility.
Ms. Butler earned her B.A. from Yale University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in education policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she studies the intersections of education, neighborhood composition, and school choice.