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Dr. Nada Rayyes

Dr. Nada Rayyes is a Senior Research Associate in IMPAQ’s Education division. She has extensive experience conducting research and evaluation in the field of education and workforce development. Her career has been dedicated primarily to evaluating programs aimed at increasing opportunities for students from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds. Dr. Rayyes’ work spans policies and programs affecting K-12 and higher education populations.

Expertise

Dr. Rayyes has deep expertise in qualitative methods, and specializes in research on expanding college and career access for underrepresented youth. Rayyes has studied high school reform models (such as small learning communities), career pathways in both high schools and community colleges, and out-of-school time programs. She has extensive experience working with school districts, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to understand educational programs and to provide useful findings aimed at program improvement. She also evaluates after-school programs and social and emotional learning initiatives.

Clients

Clients that Dr. Rayyes has worked with include: various offices within the US Department of Education, the Hawaii Department of Education, non-profit organizations (ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career), the Hawaii Community Foundation, school and college districts, the Office on Women’s Health (Department of Health and Human Services), and the City of Los Angeles.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Rayyes was a Senior Research Analyst at Berkeley Policy Associates, a researcher at WestEd, and a research analyst for the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Education

Dr. Rayyes earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education; her M.A. from the University of California, Irvine and her B.A. in Social Sciences from UC Irvine. 

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Rayyes, N. & Barker, L. (2018, April). Unique Schools, Common Measures: The Challenges of Evaluating Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, New York City, NY.

Abe, Y. & Rayyes, N. (2017, March). Enhancing the Role of Postsecondary Institutions in Creating Career Paths through Regional Partnership with Industry: Findings from the Outcome Evaluation of Design it-Build it-Ship it. Poster presentation at the Association for Education Finance & Policy Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Fogel, S.C., McElroy, J.A., Garbers, S., McDonnell, C., Brooks, J. Eliason, M.J., Ingraham, N., Osborn, A., Rayyes, N., Redman, S. D., Wood, S. F., Haynes, S.G. (2016). Program Design for Healthy Weight in Lesbian and Bisexual Women: A Ten-City Prevention Initiative. Women’s Health Issues, 26:1.

Rayyes, N. & Sanchez, R. (2015, April). Career Pathway Development: An Analysis of Implementation. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Chavez, L., Rowland, T., Rayyes, N. & Sanchez, R. (2014, October). Crossing Boundaries to Develop Effective Pathways. Paper presentation at the Strengthening Student Success Conference, Costa Mesa, CA.

Toms Barker, L. & Rayyes, N. (2014, October). Evaluating "Doing it for Ourselves": A Community-Based Health Program for Older Lesbian/Bisexual Women. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Rayyes, N. (2014). Unexpected aspects of the sustainability in an evaluation of a community-based health program for older lesbian/bisexual women. Presentation at the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference, Denver, CO.

Previous Papers & Presentations

Sanchez, R., Rayyes, N. & Gluck, A. (2013). “Recommendations for Long-term Evaluation Strategy for International Foreign Language Education Programs.” Submitted to Office of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education.

Toms Barker, L. & Rayyes, N. (2011). Evaluating Your 21st CCLC Program: Evaluation Planning You Can Use​. Presentation at the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Summer Institute, National Harbor, Maryland.

Bos, J., Sanchez, R., Tseng, F., Rayyes, N., Ortiz, L. & Sinicrope, C. (2012). Evaluation of Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) Professional Development. (NCEE 2012-4005). Washington, DC: National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Institute of Education Sciences, US Department of Education.

Berkeley Policy Associates. (2011). Evaluation Framework for 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) Programs. Washington, DC: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, US Department of Education.

Rayyes, N. & Barela, E. (2009). Implementation of Small Learning Communities, Los Angeles Unified School District, Research and Planning Division.

Barela, E. & Rayyes, N. (2009). Title I Program Improvement Study, Los Angeles Unified School District, Research and Planning Division.

Rayyes, N. & Barela, E. (2008). Going small and thinking big: Implementing small learning communities in a large urban school district. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Rayyes, N. (2006). A Case Study of a School-University Partnership. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Rayyes, N. (2006). Professional Learning Communities in Charter Schools. Presentation at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.