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Sylvie Hale

Sylvie Hale is Senior Project Director in WestEd’s Improvement Science team. Her focus is on innovative approaches to school and district improvement, especially those involving systems development and technological applications. In this work, she combines her deep knowledge of school and district improvement with experience applying technology to complex educational issues, as well as her recent state and federal work in organizational change and effectiveness.

Before transitioning to this role, she served as Associate Director of the national Center on School Turnaround, managing multiple projects and the center’s day-to-day operations. She was also project manager for the School Turnaround Learning Community, a key element in the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED’s) effort to support state, district, and school leaders in turning around the nation’s lowest-achieving schools. For both projects, she worked closely with ED staff and key stakeholders at state education agencies (SEAs) and partner organizations.

Currently, Hale collaborates closely with SEA staff and leadership to support creating efficiencies in compliance monitoring, effective program administration, collaboration across department divisions, and integrating improvement efforts with a focus on implementation and sustainability. Additionally, through the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) program, Hale co-leads the Evidence Use in Education cross-REL leadership group which examines SEA and local implementation needs related to the evidence requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act. She has developed materials and designed virtual learning events to address these needs. Hale also works with a 10-college consortium to design and implement a regional infrastructure in support of the strong workforce initiative.

She received an MA in international educational administrative policy analysis from Stanford University, and a BA in international relations with an emphasis in cross-cultural communication.