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Sarah Fierberg Phillips

Part-Time Faculty


Sarah Phillips is the Vice President of Research at Tripod Education Partners, the nation’s leading provider of classroom-level surveys for K-12. At Tripod, Sarah oversees the Research Department. In this role, she has developed a host of measures and survey offerings, including the Tripod School Climate Index, Tripod’s Social and Emotional Competency Survey for Students, and Tripod’s Social and Emotional Learning Environment Survey. She has conducted numerous studies demonstrating the psychometric properties of data collected from the 7Cs framework at the school and classroom levels across the K-12 spectrum. In collaboration with Tripod co-founder Dr. Ronald F. Ferguson, Sarah also developed a method of nationally norming 7Cs scores that holds teachers harmless for classroom composition. Before joining Tripod, Sarah worked at the intersection of schools and communities as the Service Director of City Year Rhode Island, a Community Organizing Liaison at the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, and a founding staff member of Quilombo, one of Oakland, CA’s first community schools. In addition, Sarah taught middle school in the Oakland Public Schools and high school in Alameda County’s juvenile hall. She holds a doctorate in Social Policy from Brandeis University, a master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and B.A. in U.S. History from Brown University.


Selected Grants

2016 Principal Investigator (with R. Ferguson (Co-PI)), “Tripod Models of Professional Growth Study,” Raikes Foundation, Seattle, WA. Period of Support: 5/1/16-12/31/16. Total award: $195,193.75. Completed.