Neil Schiavo

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Neil Schiavo
Senior Research Associate

Mailing Address: 

43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453-8313



Neil Schiavo brings expertise in teacher leadership, professional learning communities, program sustainability, research and evaluation, and facilitation of knowledge utilization. 

Schiavo plays a key role in research and evaluation initiatives—developing methodologies and experimental designs for complex projects and settings, leading quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyses, and engaging various stakeholders in understanding and using findings. Currently, he is working on the evaluation of the Nellie Mae Education Foundation District-Level System Change initiative, in which EDC is charged with conducting an extensive investigation into the implementation and outcomes of several districts in New England as they move towards student-centered learning practices. 

He also develops innovative learning experiences and resources that help education leaders become more intentional and effective in their work. Over the past several years, he has provided leadership in a variety of projects, including PowerUp What Works, Success at the Core, and the Math/Science Partnership Knowledge Management and Dissemination Project

Schiavo is the author of the report Program Evaluation of CitySprouts and the Cambridge Public School District Science in the Garden Workshops and has published widely on the topic of teacher leadership: The Use of State Policy to Support Teacher Leader Programs, Toward Sustainability: Strategies from Four Cases of Teacher Leadership in NSF Math and Science Partnerships, Summary of Empirical Research on Teacher Leaders’ Instructional Support Practices, and The Use of Structures and Tools to Support the Work of Teacher Leaders.

Before joining EDC, Schiavo conducted evaluations for a variety of education and health initiatives. He began his career as a learning specialist, collaborating with classroom teachers and parents to ensure that students with a variety of special needs received the support and services they needed to reach learning goals.  

He received a BA in Philosophy from Connecticut College and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.