Mela is a senior analyst in K-12 research at EAB, where she builds comprehensive and actionable advice for district and independent school leaders nationwide. In this role, she supports school leaders and their teams with insight-driven resources as they tackle the challenges facing their institutions. Mela’s research has recently focused on civility on campus, teacher workforce, and social justice.
Prior to joining EAB, Mela served as an AmeriCorps member with a national non-profit supporting low-income students on their journey to and through college; she is still passionate about access to higher education and volunteers as a mentor with Reach, Incorporated. In her free time, Mela enjoys travelling, trying new restaurants, and exploring D.C.
Mela holds a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in education policy and a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in psychology and educational studies.
Research and Insights
More Than a Statement: Learn How Ravenscroft’s Head of School Works with Her Board to Promote an Inclusive Community
To learn about how one head of school employed a proactive approach to engaging her Board of Trustees in the school’s efforts to promote a sense of community belonging, EAB sat down with the head of Ravenscroft School.
This interactive roundtable will sift through the noise, answer the top questions superintendents are asking, and provide an opportunity for district leaders to share best practices with their peers.
Heads of school are being asked to respond to incivility in the classroom and events off campus. EAB recommends that schools prepare for flashpoints as part of their risk mitigation practices, create structures to consistently respond and prepare for risk, and that they use flashpoints as learning opportunities. Review these three key areas to get started.
Independent schools experience head of school transitions more often than ever before, but most haven’t had the opportunity to perfect the transition process. With that in mind, we have gathered the advice and experience of 25 independent school leaders into a playbook designed to help guide you through this challenging process.