Sarah Birkeland, Ed.D
Sarah is a seasoned education researcher with expertise in developmental and formative program evaluation, continuous improvement, qualitative methods, and the design of measurement tools. A former classroom teacher and school change coach, Sarah brings a nuanced understanding of teaching, learning and the complexities of school change. She is a strategic thinker skilled at uncovering program theory, identifying key assumptions, and helping clients craft coherent research agendas to inform and improve practice. In addition, she has published numerous articles and chapters about new teacher induction, teachers' ongoing professional learning, and the use of evidence in decision making. Sarah holds a B.A. in English Literature from Stanford University, an M.A. in Education Psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a doctorate in Administration, Planning and Social Policy with a concentration in Research from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she remains a research affiliate. She is a trained leadership coach.
Orit Kent, Ph.D.
Senior Consulting Researcher
Orit is an education researcher and teacher educator specializing in improving practice through a focus on student and teacher learning. Orit has two decades of research experience and has authored numerous popular and scholarly articles on her work. She has contributed to a number of studies of educator preparation and development through her work as a Senior Research Associate at Brandeis University, where she remains an affiliated scholar and lecturer, and at Helix Learning Partners. As a former teacher and community organizer, Orit is also particularly interested in the complex interplay between individual and organizational growth and the role of relationships in learning. Orit holds a B.A. in History from Yale University, an Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Education and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University.