senior research associate
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fax: (212) 633-8804
Laura Jeffers has directed a wide range of research, evaluation, and technical assistance projects since joining CCT in 1994. She has conducted program evaluations for the New York Hall of Science and NYC FIRST robotics competition, directed research into 21st-century education systems for Cisco Systems, and provided capacity-building technical assistance around educational technology to the New York State Department of Education as part of the New York Comprehensive Center's E-Learning team. As Liaison to Connecticut for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands, Laura currently provides support and technical assistance to education leaders across the state, helping them build their capacity to apply research evidence to key decisions about policy and practice. She is also conducting evaluations of online teaching and learning resources for WGBH, WNET, and the Westchester Library System.
Laura began her career in technology and education in the mid-1980s at Scholastic, Inc., where she designed and developed educational software. An interest in the emerging challenges of technology access and equity led her to Playing to Win, a community technology center in Harlem, New York. There she became the founding director of the Playing to Win Network, an affiliation of community technology centers across the country (later renamed CTCnet).
Outside of EDC, Laura is an accomplished performer and teacher of Lindy Hop, and has been involved with a number of feminist and arts-related initiatives as an organizer and board member, including Pete Seeger's New York City Streetsingers, the New Amsterdam Boys Choir, and the Crystal Quilt's Women Transforming the Arts.