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Daniel Mello

Dan Mello is a Senior Research Associate with Learning Innovations (LI) at WestEd. He is a member of LI’s research and evaluation team.

Mello works with the SurveyWorks! team to provide Rhode Island schools with rich perceptual data from students, parents, teachers, and administrators for local school improvement. Data collection efforts focus on actionable items that affect students’ opportunity to learn and educators’ opportunity to teach.

In addition, Mello manages the development of school-level reporting tools for practitioner use in schools and communities across the state that are aligned to the priorities of the state. Recently, Mello applied lessons learned in Rhode Island to design data tools and data use workshops for school climate improvement initiatives in South Carolina.

Mello provides technical assistance workshops to the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI) and Massachusetts Special Education Leadership Academy. Specifically, he guides regional and local leadership in advancing their research priorities by aligning pk-16 data across education domains and agencies and beyond.

He also manages data collection and contributes to the analysis of local and national teacher education and training initiative evaluation projects.

Prior to joining WestEd, Mello was a mathematics instructional assistant at the Balfour Academy in Roxbury, MA, where he tutored students from Boston Public Schools in math and lectured about education to Boston students interested in higher learning.

He also tutored Spanish-speaking students in elementary mathematics at the Lyndon Pilot School in West Roxbury, MA.

He received a BS in mathematics from Northeastern University.