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Lenay Dunn

Lenay Dunn serves as a Senior Research Associate in Innovation Studies at WestEd. Across her portfolio of work, Dunn provides research, evaluation, and technical assistance on topics including systemic reform, formative assessment, and school and district improvement.

In addition to serving as Assistant Director of the Center on School Turnaround, Dunn serves as a partnership lead for the Regional Educational Laboratory West’s (REL West’s) Arizona Literacy partnership to analyze data, use evidence-based decision-making approaches, and demonstrate inquiry processes to strengthen K–3 literacy outcomes in Arizona.

Dunn also serves as co-lead for REL West’s cross-REL leadership area, Using Evidence in Education.

In previous work at WestEd, Dunn led a multi-year implementation study of Arizona’s K–3 reading retention policy and cowrote Evidence Based Improvement: A Guide for States to Strengthen Their Frameworks and Supports Aligned to the Evidence Requirements of ESSA.

Prior to joining WestEd, Dunn served as the Director of Research and Evaluation for a unit at Arizona State University where she led a team of researchers and a portfolio of mixed-methods projects to improve the effectiveness of programs and initiatives. She previously served as a Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research.

Dunn entered the education field as a teacher; after teaching she spent several years leading education programs focused on low-income students and schools.

Dunn received an MA in education from Stanford University and a PhD in education policy from Arizona State University.