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Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313
Heather Lavigne, a highly skilled researcher, is trained in a variety of statistical techniques for modeling change over time, dealing with missing data, conducting latent variable analysis, and other key aspects of research and program evaluation. Her experience leading studies ranges from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to correlational analyses with panel data sets. She has a special interest in advancing the field’s knowledge of the importance of early learning for children’s academic achievement.
Lavigne contributes her expertise to multiple studies designed to address the interests and priorities of the research alliances of the REL Northeast & Islands. In 2014, she has served as the project lead for a state education agency website scan focused on the use of feedback surveys in educator/leader evaluation systems and an analysis of cost-effectiveness for school districts in the Northeast. In 2015, she is leading a study on behalf of the REL Northeast & Islands Governing Board that examines principals’ tasks, responsibilities, and professional development activities and investigates how patterns of principals’ time spent may be related to school characteristics.
She is the Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director for the development of an evaluation plan for the Vermont Department of Children and Families (DCF) that examines the effectiveness of mentoring, coaching, and consulting services for early childhood and after school program staff. Recently, she worked with a team to develop instruments and workshops that promote educators’ assessment literacy for the Illinois State Board of Education’s Local Assessment Support (LAS) Project.
Lavigne has published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology and has published book chapters in Knowledge Development in Early Childhood: How Young Children Build Knowledge and Why It Matters and The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies.
Prior to joining EDC, Lavigne served as the Director of Education at WGBY Public Television in Springfield, Massachusetts, where her responsibilities included the oversight of preK–16 initiatives focused on early childhood education, professional development, and classroom technology integration. During her time at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she served as a statistics and research methodology consultant for the Center for Research on Families, where she supported faculty and graduate students in their processes of research design, statistical analyses, and interpretation of results.
Lavigne received her BA in Communication from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, her MEd in Technology in Education from Harvard University, and an MS and PhD in Developmental Psychology with a concentration in Quantitative Methodology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.