Malinda Musacchia Faber

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Research Scholar
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About Malinda

Malinda Faber is a Research Associate on the Program Evaluation and Education Research (PEER) Team. Malinda has over 15 years of education experience working in classrooms, on policy, and in research and evaluation. Since 2011 Malinda has led much of The PEER Team’s STEM education research, evaluation, and technical assistance work, including leading the development of the North Carolina STEM Schools Progress Rubric and serving on the design team for the North Carolina STEM Schools of Distinction Program. Malinda has also served on multiple research and evaluation teams investigating the efficacy of digital teaching and learning efforts and has led multiple evaluations on teacher leadership. She has also served on evaluations of large statewide initiatives including the NC Digital Learning Initiative and Plan (2015-19) and the NC Race to the Top Grant (2012-14). From 2020-22 Malinda co-led the final two years of the implementation study for an Institute of Education Sciences grant using a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of the ASSISTments online mathematics program, was the lead author on the North Carolina STEM Education Strategic Plan, and in 2021 began leadership of the “Accelerate Rowan Evaluation,” Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ Teacher and School Leader grant from the United States Department of Education. In 2022 she began serving as co-PI for the Friday Institute team partnering with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and WestEd on an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program to support learning acceleration and recovery from COVID-related learning-loss among K-12 students.

Prior to her work at The Friday Institute, Malinda worked for the Center for Teaching Quality in Carrboro, NC, was a graduate assistant at the Center for Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington, and was a teacher assistant and Math Specialist for Durham Public Schools. Malinda holds a Master in Public Administration degree with a focus on education and social policy from the Evans School for Public Policy at the University of Washington-Seattle and was a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha National Honors Society for Public Affairs and Administration. She also holds B.A.s in political science and history, and was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society, and was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Recently she completed all coursework for a Master of Arts in Teaching from North Carolina State University and was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.