Kaleen Healey is a senior researcher in the learning and strategy function who collaborates with practice and foundation partners to use research and data in their decision making. She is an experienced project leader who focuses on equitable and inclusive learning environments and systems improvement in K–12 education.
Healey currently contributes to several projects for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including leading a project to refine an evidence-based impact model of the foundation’s investments in K–12 math education, managing funder engagement for dissemination of the Education-to-Workforce Indicator Framework, and developing a series of briefs highlighting findings from evaluations of two automated writing feedback tools. She serves as co-lead for the Regional Educational Laboratory Central’s South Dakota partnership, which is focused on strengthening the state’s teacher pipeline through an apprenticeship program for paraprofessionals to become certified teachers.
Before joining Mathematica in 2022, Healey was the director of strategic outreach and partnerships at Student Experience Research Network, where she supported education intermediary organizations, policy influencers, and funders to use research to inform their decision making. At the UChicago Consortium on School Research, she partnered with educators and administrators in Chicago Public Schools on projects to track long-term trends in high school graduation and dropout rates, refine survey measures of student and teacher social-emotional development, and assess the implementation of their teacher evaluation system.
Healey holds a Ph.D. in human development and social policy from Northwestern University. Before graduate school, she taught 3rd and 4th grade in St. Louis Public Schools through Teach for America and directed a college access program in Chicago.