Jennifer Lin Russell
Department Chairperson

Jennifer Lin Russell is a Professor and the Chair of the Educational Foundations, Organizations, and Policy department in the School of Education and a Senior Scientist and Associate Director of the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Her research examines policy and other educational improvement initiatives through an organizational perspective. Her recent work examines two primary issues: (1) how schools create social and organizational structures that support reform; and (2) how inter-organizational collaborations can be structured for educational improvement. In the first strand she has examined how teachers’ social networks influence their implementation of reform mathematics practice and studied how mathematics coaches support instructional improvement. The second strand of research examines how organizations can productively collaborate to pursue educational improvement, including how improvement networks launch and develop. Her research has been funded by the Spencer Foundation, the Institute for Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Recent publications include: “Mathematics coaching for conceptual understanding: Promising evidence regarding the TN + IFL Math Coaching Model" (In press, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis); “Learning from adaptation to support instructional improvement at scale: Understanding coach adaptation in the TN Mathematics Coaching Project” (2020, American Educational Research Journal).

Jennifer Lin Russell


University of Pittsburgh
808 Learning Research and Development Center
3939 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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