Leslie Poynor

Research Associate

Leslie Poynor
WestEd Research Associate Leslie Poynor helps Northern California school districts administer the California School Climate, Health and Learning Survey System, the largest statewide survey of resiliency, protective factors, and risk behaviors in the nation. A member of the Health & Justice Program at WestEd, Poynor provides technical assistance to community, county, district, and school personnel in conducting the California Healthy Kids Survey, the California School Climate Survey, and the California School Parent Survey. These California Department of Education-funded surveys have led to a better understanding of the relationship between school climate and academic performance. Poynor's areas of expertise and interest include assisting schools in using data-driven decision-making to create safe and supportive school climates for both students and staff from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. She has developed and facilitated numerous professional development workshops on creating safe and supportive school climates as well as on the education of the whole child (e.g., cognitive, emotional, social, physical) from a strengths-based position. Poynor has conducted a number of original research studies, authored several published education articles, published an edited book, and presented at local, state, national, and international conferences. She received a PhD in curriculum and instruction (English as as second language and literacy education) from Arizona State University.