Senior Researcher Claire Morgan serves as the researcher for the Puerto Rico Research Alliance for Dropout Prevention and the U.S. Virgin Islands College and Career Readiness Research Alliance, both for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands.
With both alliances, Morgan consults with the Departments of Education of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and other key education stakeholders and coordinates. She also provides research and technical assistance to address their education policy priorities.
A member of WestEd’s Learning Innovations program, Morgan conducts other research projects, including systematic reviews of education development issues in developing nations. These reviews inform policymakers about the effectiveness of certain education interventions in low-income countries, such as school fee abolition.
Morgan also conducts evaluations, including evaluating alternative teacher preparation programs, university-school partnerships, community schools initiatives, and various other federally funded programs.
Prior to joining WestEd, Morgan, who is fluent in Spanish, developed and directed a community-based adult education program for Nuestra Casa, a nonprofit organization serving Latino immigrants in Northern California.
She also served as an education consultant for SRI International, as an Admissions Officer at Stanford University, and as Director of Education at Sylvan Learning Center.
She currently is directing the expansion of a nonprofit Latina women’s work cooperative that she co-founded in 2006.
Morgan received a BA in humanities and a credential for teaching history at the secondary school level from Brigham Young University and an MA in international education administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.