Pilar Gonzalez is an experienced educational researcher who is committed to using formative and summative research to gather evidence about educational interventions that promote educational equity and academic achievement for struggling students. Her main areas of interest and expertise are educational technology, English Language Learners, and content-area literacy.
Gonzalez leads the iZone Short-Cycle Evaluation Challenge, an evaluation project for the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Innovation to help the Department and its educators evaluate and pilot education technology tools in the classroom and build their capacity for evaluative thinking. She also leads the research portion of Playing with Data, a study funded by the National Science Foundation that is supporting teachers in data-driven decision-making.
Previously, Gonzalez managed research projects about social studies and science education, teacher professional development, early childhood education, digital micro-credentials, tablets in schools, and educational video games.
Gonzalez is co-author of a chapter about digital micro-credentials for teachers, “Digital Badges for Professional Development: Teachers’ Perceptions of the Value of a New Credentialing Currency,” published in Foundation of Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials.
Before joining EDC, Gonzalez taught English as a Second Language in New York City schools, and worked as a research and policy intern at New Visions for Public Schools, a non-profit school support and charter management organization.
Gonzalez received a BA in History and Science from Harvard University, an MA in Sociology and Education/Education Policy from Teachers College at Columbia University, and an MS in Education/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Long Island University. She is certified in Project Management in Development (PMD Pro).