Brenda Arellano is a senior researcher at AIR. She has more than 15 years of experience utilizing her methodological expertise through quasi-experimental and mixed method designs, as well as survey design and analysis through the utilization of district, state, and national longitudinal data systems. Dr. Arellano is a co-primary investigator and project lead for several studies under the Regional Educational Laboratories Southwest, funded through the Institute of Education Sciences (IES).
Meet Our Staff
Chad Henry is a research associate within the Research and Evaluation program. He provides support for the Texas Comprehensive Center, focusing on GIS mapping and data analysis. He is currently assisting the TXCC’s work with the Texas Education Agency’s evaluation of educator preparation programs.
Erin McCann is a senior researcher at AIR. Dr. McCann has more than 15 years of experience designing and implementing evaluation studies for federal, state, and local-level contracts with a general focus on examining factors that influence school improvement processes and practices.
Garry Davis is a technical assistance consultant in the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change practice area at the American Institute for Research. He has over seven years of experience in program administration, research, and technical assistance. In his current position with the Texas Comprehensive Center, he works to build the capacity of the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to develop, implement, and sustain various education initiatives, policies, and programs.
Grace Fleming is a researcher at AIR. Fleming currently leads the District Excellence project in TXCC where her team is developing a toolkit of resources for based on case studies of high performing districts in the Texas Rio Grande Valley. She also works with SECC developing evaluation tools for school improvement and qualitative evaluation of a STEM program initiative for retention of university STEM students.
Jason LaTurner is the director of the Texas Comprehensive Center and oversees work focusing on educator effectiveness, school turnaround, and systemic change for Texas school districts. He brings more than 10 years of experience in scoping, assessing, and managing programs in education and nonprofit settings. This experience ranges from pre-K to post-baccalaureate levels and includes designing and implementing both large- and small-scale evaluation studies.