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Heather Mattson

As a Senior Research Associate with the Comprehensive School Assistance Program at WestEd, Heather Mattson focuses on school and district improvement.

Mattson conducts research, develops content, and disseminates information on topics related to improving outcomes for all students, especially effective educators, school turnaround, the role of state education agencies, and district planning.

Mattson also co-leads the California Comprehensive Center’s educator excellence focus area and co-directs the online School Turnaround Learning Community for the Center on School Turnaround.

For eight years, Mattson co-directed WestEd’s award winning school and district reform website, SchoolsMovingUp, where she ensured resources that help schools and districts address the challenge of raising student achievement were carefully selected and promoted.

Previously at WestEd, Mattson managed the production of a video series featuring schools that are both high-poverty and high-performing; and supported the California Department of Education in researching and disseminating information about schools that are improving achievement for all students.

She also directed a needs assessment for the California Department of Education to determine what resources California teachers want in order to improve student achievement and how best to share these types of resources online.

Prior to joining WestEd in 2000, Mattson was a middle school humanities teacher and a teacher on special assignment. As such, she developed standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessment; managed the school’s service learning program; and helped design staff development programs that improved teacher capacity to better meet the needs of students of color.

Mattson received a BA in history and Latin American studies from Colgate University and an EdM in teaching and curriculum from Harvard University.