Abigail Gray

Area of Study: 
Education Policy
Year of Graduation: 
2014
Research Interests: 
Implementation of instructional initiatives, particularly in K-8 and particularly those focused on literacy. Impact of policy on teachers’ and school leaders’ instructional beliefs and practices. Urban education. Public education.
Advisor: 
Jon Supovitz
Dissertation Topic: 
Principal Ownership of an Instructional Initiative: Advancing a Conceptual Framework for the Study of Leadership 
Current Position: 
Senior Researcher, Consortium for Policy Research in Education

Abigail Gray is a 5th year PhD student in Education Policy.  For the past three years, she has worked at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, focusing on a large-scale evaluation of Reading Recovery.  The Reading recovery evaluation is funded by IES’ i3 grant program, and is a nationwide, multi-year, mixed-methods project that includes a large RCT and an RDD, as well as an extensive qualitative component. Her dissertation is a mixed-methods examination of principal engagement with the Reading Recovery reform. Prior to coming to GSE, Abigail worked as a public school teacher in Philadelphia and as a consultant facilitating the implementation of literacy initiatives in various urban districts. 

Publications: 
  • May, H.; Gray, A.; Gillespie, J.; Sirinides, P.; Sam, C.; Goldsworthy, H.; Armijo, M. (2013).  2011-12 Evaluation Report for the i3 Scale-Up of Reading Recovery. Consortium for Policy Research in Education.