Ph.D. Alumna Masha Jones is joining WestEd's Learning Innovations Program as a Research Associate. WestEd is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency that works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.
In her new role, Dr. Jones is evaluating the U.S. Department of Education-funded Magnet School Assistance Program for Albuquerque Public Schools, which aims to desegregate public schools by supporting the reduction of minority group isolation in elementary and secondary schools. She is also evaluating U.S. Department of Education Comprehensive Technical Assistance Centers, which help low-performing schools and districts close achievement gaps.
In addition, Jones is evaluating a the Child Development Training Consortium, a statewide program that provides services, training, technical assistance, and resources to students and professionals working with and for children, funded by the California Department of Education, Early Learning and Care Division (CDE/ELCD) with federal Child Care and Development Quality Improvement funds. Dr. Jones is also monitoring newly established charter schools across the US.
While in graduate School, Masha was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow who developed, implemented, and evaluated interventions for children who struggle with learning and attention. Jones received her PhD in Education with a specialization in Learning, Teaching, Cognition, and Development. She was advised by Associate Professor Susanne Jaeggi and was an active member of the Working Memory and Plasticity (WMP) lab, where she mentored dozens of undergraduate research assistants.