Rebecca Richards is a senior researcher on the District Leadership Forum. She works primarily with superintendents and other district leaders to promote student success. Her research with EAB has focused on integrating academic and career development, improving instructional strategies in the early grades to promote reading proficiency, and advancing equitable outcomes across student populations. In her time at EAB, Rebecca has also contributed to research for the Community College Executive Forum.
Prior to joining EAB, Rebecca worked as a middle school teacher in Dallas, Texas, where she devised and implemented research-based curricular reforms in English language arts. She also focused on pedagogical strategies to support English language learners.
Rebecca holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and English from Duke University where she graduated summa cum laude and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.
Research and Insights
Researchers have long examined how the brain learns to read and what this means for reading instruction. However, most administrators and elementary reading teachers are unaware of this research and its implications for the classroom. To improve students’ reading outcomes, teachers should understand the science of how the brain learns to read and the instructional…
Community colleges have been tasked to fill the country’s growing workforce need. To do so, they must address the achievement gaps that hinder student completion. As the number of underserved student populations attending two-year institutions continues to grow, community college leaders have expressed their resolution to serve these students by providing equitable opportunities that will…