Michelle Tiu is the Director of Educational Technology and part of the Learning and Technology team at WestEd.
Tiu’s work focuses primarily on the research and evaluation of educational technology resources. She has in-depth experience working with small businesses to develop and evaluate educational technology tools in quick-turnaround research and development projects through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. She has led research activities for 20 SBIR grants funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.
She currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the National Educational Technologies Activities work funded by the Office of Educational Technology. Tiu was the project director for WestEd’s research partnership with NewSchools Venture Fund’s Ignite Learning Challenges, a program to accelerate innovation in K–12 edtech market gaps. She oversaw rapid-cycle studies of educational technology products that aimed to develop engaging, technology-enabled learning experiences, assessments, and other digital tools that supported students’ academic and social development. Through the research partnership, WestEd provided both formative and summative research to over 150 companies and entrepreneurs.
Tiu also served as a lead researcher for the 2010–15 formative evaluation of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Broadcasting Service’s Ready to Learn grant, and the 2015–20 Ready to Learn grant with Twin Cities Public Television. In 2011, Tiu received WestEd’s Ed Myers Award for her work and expertise with FileMaker database software.
Tiu earned an EdM from Harvard University and a BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She previously taught high school mathematics.