Alberto Heredia, a Senior Research Associate, has been with WestEd since 1999. In conducting evaluations of diverse K–12 educational initiatives, he brings a unique perspective of practical K–12 teaching experience and policy analysis to investigations of educational program design, implementation, and efficacy.
Heredia uses evaluation findings to support meaningful improvements in schooling for underserved students and has designed and directed program evaluations for numerous organizations at the forefront of education reform, including the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Broad Foundation, and the Center for Collaborative Education. He directs evaluations of community college programs that are developing pipelines for the recruitment and preparation of a diverse teacher workforce.
Previously, he evaluated school leader and teacher residency preparation programs that place graduates in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He also evaluated California’s Migrant Education Program, the largest in the country.
Heredia has contributed to evaluations for the U.S. Department of Education, including carrying out case studies of comprehensive school reform practices in Los Angeles, New York City, and Boston, and monitoring Smaller Learning Communities grantees nationally. He also coordinated an audit of mathematics instructional practices in Program Improvement districts for the New York Department of Education.
Prior to joining WestEd, Heredia was a public school teacher in New York City, Los Angeles, and East Palo Alto, CA, at the elementary and secondary levels.
Heredia received a BA from Williams College and an MA in educational evaluation and policy analysis from the School of Education at Stanford University.