Allison Rose Socol, Ph.D.
Assistant Director of P-12 Policy
As Assistant Director of P-12 Policy, Allison develops and conducts data and policy analyses related to trends in student achievement and achievement gaps, accountability, school and district improvement, college and career readiness for all students, and school funding. Allison also helps to develop recommendations for federal and state policy.
Before joining Ed Trust, Allison was a research assistant at the Center for Scaling Up Effective Schools, which focuses on identifying the programs, practices, and policies that make high schools in large urban districts particularly effective for low-income students and students of color. She had the opportunity to work as a research intern at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, where she focused on students’ access to strong teachers, beginning teacher retention, and assessment policy. She also worked as a literacy coach to kindergarten and first grade teachers in rural North Carolina schools and taught for three years at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington, D.C. She earned her teaching certification through the Inspired Teaching Certification Program.
Allison holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in teaching from Trinity University, and a bachelor’s degree in public policy from UNC.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Spend time with my kids.
What drew you to education?
As a kid, I loved school. I was fortunate to have many teachers who encouraged me to read and write and ask questions about how the world works. I wanted to become a teacher who inspired children in that same way.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
My professional aspiration is to strengthen American public education so that it is truly an equitable system for all students. At Ed Trust, I get to work with smart and passionate colleagues who share the same vision and work hard every day to make it a reality.