Robyn Harper joined All4Ed in January 2015 as a policy and advocacy intern, where she worked on projects concerning dropout disproportionalities within the students with disabilities population, science of learning, and Title I funding under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. In January 2016, she was promoted to a policy and research associate, where she supports the organization through the development of resources on adolescent learning and development research as the content lead of the Science of Adolescent Learning initiative and by providing quantitative and qualitative data analyses to support multiple practice and policy recommendations.
Prior to joining All4Ed, Ms. Harper extensively participated in research, coauthoring a research study on the effects of experience on brain structure and function as a UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Fellow, as well as conducting an individual research project based in cognitive science as a Robert E. McNair Scholar. Ms. Harper honed her interest in the intersection of research, policy, and practice as a Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellow and Terrapin Teacher, programs geared toward developing diverse leaders in public policy sectors and preparing undergraduates for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) teaching careers, respectively. Ms. Harper also has experience teaching science and math as a supplemental instructor to middle school, high school, and college students. Ms. Harper received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland–College Park.