University of California, Davis School of Education
Michal Kurlaender is the lead researcher at Wheelhouse and the Chancellor’s Leadership Professor at the University of California, Davis School of Education. Her research focuses on students’ educational pathways, in particular K-12 and postsecondary alignment, and access to and success in college. Dr. Kurlaender works closely with all of California’s public K-12 and higher education sectors. She launched an IES-funded partnership with the California Department of Education to explore college and career readiness in the era of Common Core State Standards. She serves as a co-director of PACE (Policy Analysis for California Education), and is affiliated with the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. She received her doctorate in education from Harvard University in 2005. Her work has been published in various academic and policy outlets. Dr. Kurlaender led CAPR’s supplemental study on Early Start in California.