Dr. Meredith Honig, Ph.D., Executive Director

Meredith Honig is a Professor of Education Policy and Leadership at the University of Washington and Director of DL2. For the past 20 years, her research, teaching, and partnerships have focused on policy, leadership and organizational change in school districts. She is particularly interested in how school system leaders support the learning of other adults to build systemic capacity for equitable learning. At the UW she also directs the Leadership for Learning Ed.D. program for equity-, learning-, and systems-focused leaders and advises Ph.D. and M.Ed. students.

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Dr. Lydia Rainey, Ph.D., Director of Research

Lydia Rainey is DL2’s Research Director. Since 2000, Lydia has researched ways to design and implement more equitable school systems; more recently her research has focused in on how education leaders in both central offices and schools implement policies that call for deep changes in their day-to-day work and how they use various forms of data and evidence when making decisions . She approaches this work using traditional qualitative and quantitative techniques, as well as design-based research partnerships. Prior to joining DL2, she worked with UW-Bothell’s Center on Reinventing Public Education, the UW’s Center for Teaching and Policy, and City of Seattle Office of Education. Lydia has a PhD in Educational Leadership, Organizations, and Policy, a Masters of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs, and a BA in Political Economy, all from the University of Washington.

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Emily Donaldson, M.S.Ed., Research Assistant

Emily is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Policy, Organizations, and Leadership at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on how urban school districts navigate complex change to work in new ways in support of equitable schools and school systems. Specifically, she is interested in how district leaders lead change efforts that build systems of support for principals’ leadership across their careers. Before coming to the University of Washington, she was a high school English teacher and teacher leader in Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Masters in Urban Education from Johns Hopkins University and B.A.s in English and Music from Willamette University.

Aly Honsa, Research Assistant

Aly is a graduate student at the University of Washington, pursuing a degree in Educational Leadership, Organizations, and Policy. She is interested in the role central office transformation plays in educational equity, particularly how to support leadership development, strategic staffing, cross-functional collaboration in school districts. She has worked in various urban education settings in Philadelphia, including nonprofit management, classroom teaching, and school district operations. She holds a BA in Political Science and Education from Bryn Mawr College.