Team Member

Christina Theokas

Christina Theokas

Director of Research

An educator and researcher, Christina is committed to integrating research, practice, and policy to help improve schools and student outcomes. She is director of research at The Education Trust, where she co-authored Getting it Done: Leading Academic Success in Unexpected Schools (Harvard Education Press, 2011) based on study of successful principals in high-poverty schools or those with a high proportion of students of color. Currently, she is working on a number of projects, including documenting the school improvement process in turnaround schools, understanding gaps at the high end of achievement, and what experiences and types of schools help students be prepared to take advantage of postsecondary opportunities.

Prior to joining Ed Trust, she worked in the research and evaluation office of Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia where she evaluated programs and trained principals and teachers how to understand and use data to make instructional decisions and guide school reform efforts. Previously, Christina worked for 10 years in schools in various capacities, including as a special education teacher, school psychologist, and supervisor of curriculum, assessment, and training. She also led the middle school at a special education school in Massachusetts, where her work focused on developing curriculum and programs to meet the social, emotional, and learning needs of diverse students. Christina holds a doctorate in child development from Tufts University, a master’s in school psychology from Mount Holyoke College, and a bachelor’s from Colby College.


Memory like an elephant

What drew you to education?

It’s in my blood. I grew up in an education family, including a mother who was a school nurse and a father who was a teacher and guidance counselor. We had dining room conversations about students in my parents’ schools and went to school plays and events regularly.

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