Eliza Fabillar

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Eliza Fabillar
Senior Project Director

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313



Eliza P. Fabillar is an expert in high school reform, student-centered learning, systems change, professional development, and instructional design. She specializes in helping districts and high schools build capacity to bridge research and practice and develop systemic solutions to close opportunity gaps, prevent drop-out, improve academic achievement, and promote college and career success for all students.

Fabillar leads EDC's provision of technical assistance to the Nellie Mae Foundation's District Level Systems Change initiative. Drawing upon EDC's integrated conceptual model of technical assistance, she heads up a team that is guiding seven New England school districts in implementing systems change and continuous improvement strategies to create student-centered learning environments. Fabillar also served as lead facilitator and developer for The National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools, in which capacity she worked with researchers and district teams to design, pilot, implement, and scale up innovations focused on increasing student ownership and responsibility for their academic learning.

A highly experienced instructional designer, Fabillar develops and co-develops engaging learning experiences for youth and adults that are in use nationwide. Recent curriculum and professional development projects include Law and Justice (L&J)Digital Media Arts, and Ford Next Generation Learning. These projects focus on preparing students for college and careers, empowering them to be active citizens in a democratic society, and building their critical thinking and literacy skills. Fabillar conducts professional development using effective curricula as a tool to help teachers implement inquiry- and problem-based instructional approaches to teaching and learning.

Nationwide, Fabillar has collaborated with a broad network of schools, districts, universities, state departments of education, and organizations including the Fort Worth Independent School District, Vanderbilt University, Hartford Public Schools, California Department of Education, and the National Career Academy Coalition.

Fabillar recently coauthored Revisiting the Core Elements of Our Capacity Building Framework for Scaling School Reforms: Lessons from the Field After Four Years of Work. Previously, she coauthored the paper, Designing Innovations for Implementation at Scale: An Emerging Framework for Increasing System Capacity, which was presented at the American Educational Research Association 2013 annual conference.

Before joining EDC, she was education Co-Director at the Center for Media and Learning/American Social History Project of the City University of New York, where she oversaw a number of local projects and served as a mentor for social studies and English language arts teachers at several high schools. She has taught adult education and graduate education courses.

Fabillar received a BA from City University of New York and an MA in cultural anthropology and education from Columbia University.