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Marycruz Diaz

Senior Research Associate Marycruz Diaz directs evaluations of education and community-based programs spanning work at the federal, state, county, district, and school levels. Her work identifies areas clients can address to improve the effectiveness of their programs.

Diaz has evaluated various reform efforts at WestEd, including education curricula, charter schools, magnet schools, teacher professional development, health programs, college affordability, after-school programs, and alternative education. She has also developed online courses on family engagement and community partnerships for after-school practitioners.

As a staff member with the Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd, Diaz supported a school district to document its robust reform process. She helped the district develop a principal evaluation handbook that aligned existing principal evaluation practices with research on policy, principal evaluation, and evidence-based practices. She also produced a brief that highlighted the district’s facilitators to reform.

Diaz has coauthored various reports, including:

  • Primed for Reform: A District’s Use of Existing Assets to Drive Improvement
  • Report of the Alternative Education Programs for the Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • ASSETs Final Evaluation Report: California 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs) Program

Diaz received a BA in sociology and Spanish from the University of California, Davis, and an MA in social sciences in education from Stanford University.