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Kim Austin

Kim Austin is a Senior Program Associate in Innovation Studies and the partnership lead for the Regional Educational Laboratory West’s (REL West’s) K-6 Literacy Partnership, a collaboration with Washoe County (NV) School District focused on K–6 writing instruction.

A qualitative researcher by training, Austin brings expertise in literacy, online learning, professional development, evaluation, and learning theory. Recent projects have focused on research-based instructional practices, multimedia content development, and systemic supports for English learners.

Austin coordinates and oversees the research, dissemination, and online instructional design for the i3-funded project Leading with Learning, focused on supporting English learners in two California school districts.

Austin received a BA, with a dual major in psychology and child study, from Tufts University; an MEd from Harvard University, concentrating on human development and psychology; and a PhD in educational psychology from Stanford University.