Malinda Faber is a Research Associate on the Friday Institute Research and Evaluation (FIRE) 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 FIRE 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. 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). Recently Malinda co-led the final year 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 has begun leadership of the “Accelerate Rowan Evaluation,” Rowan-Salisbury Schools’ Teacher and School Leader grant from the United States Department of Education.
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 an M.P.A. 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.