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Rebecca Lowenhaupt

assistant professor

Rebecca Lowenhaupt, Lynch School of Education

In my research, I have come to see the fundamental role education policy and practice play in the immigrant experience, and have become increasingly committed to helping schools design meaningful, equitable educational opportunities for immigrant youth. My work focuses on district and school leadership in the context of immigration, as I study the implementation of school reform in the context of shifting student demographics and a changing policy climate for English Language Learners (ELLs). I draw from multiple methods of empirical research to develop an understanding of how schools adapt to support an influx of language learners. A former middle school teacher, I began my career in education at Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain. Since then, I have taught in  charter schools and a bilingual school in Central America. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in school leadership from the Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University, where I worked on the Distributed Leadership Study with Dr. James P. Spillane.

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