Natalie Lacireno-Paquet serves as Learning Innovations Director of Research and Evaluation.
Lacireno-Paquet conducts research and evaluation projects geared toward program improvement. For example, she is evaluating the implementation and impact of 22 Community Learning Centres (CLCs) in English language schools throughout the province of Quebec, as well as the work of the CLC technical support team.
She also is developing an internal Quality Review process for a network of charter schools, School for Academics and Technologies. She developed a process using a set of interrelated data collection tools that school teams will use to provide feedback to schools undergoing the review.
Lacireno-Paquet also conducts research as part of the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands. Her work on the key features of Response-to-Intervention initiatives in the Northeast and Islands region will help states considering or implementing these types of initiatives to address requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and to help schools meet accountability targets.
Prior to joining WestEd, Lacireno-Paquet was an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and worked in the survey division at Mathematica Policy Research.
Lacireno-Paquet coauthored “Institution Advocacy and the Political Behavior of Charter Schools,” published in Political Research Quarterly, and “Moving Forward or Sliding Backwards: The Evolution of Charter School Policies in Michigan and the District of Columbia,” published in Educational Policy.
She received a BA in political science from McGill University, and a master’s degree in public policy and women’s studies and PhD in public policy, both from George Washington University.