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Michelle Tiu

Michelle Tiu is the Director of Educational Technology in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program at WestEd.

Tiu’s work primarily focuses on the research and evaluation of educational technology resources and tools. She has in-depth experience working with small businesses to develop and evaluate edtech tools in quick-turnaround research and development projects through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Tiu also has led research activities for numerous SBIR grants funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

She is the Project Director for WestEd’s research partnership with NewSchools Venture Fund’s Ignite Learning Challenges, a virtual accelerator program that promotes innovation in K-12 edtech market gaps. As Project Director, Tiu oversees rapid cycle studies of edtech products. Through the research partnership, WestEd will provide both formative and summative research to over 150 edtech companies with the goals of providing actionable feedback to improve products and of providing evidence of the early promise of product efficacy.

Tiu served as a lead researcher for the formative evaluation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Broadcasting Service’s Ready To Learn (RTL) grant, and will continue her work on the RTL grant with Twin Cities Public Television. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, RTL promotes early learning and school readiness among young children through the development and delivery of high-quality, innovative, transmedia content.

In 2011, Tiu received WestEd’s Ed Myers Award for her work and expertise with FileMaker database software.

Tiu received a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an EdM from Harvard University. She previously taught high school mathematics.