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Rachel Kasul

Research Analyst III, Peabody Research Office

I have worked at PRI since fall 2014. I started as a Graduate Student Assistant on the first year of the MNPS Partnership project, doing assessments and observations in Nashville’s new pre-k hubs. I came on full-time as a Research Analyst in August 2015 on the Preschool Development Grant Expansion project. I graduated from University of Michigan with a BA in sociology and women’s studies in 2012, and from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University with an M. Ed. in the Child Studies program in 2015. Prior to coming to PRI, I served two terms with AmeriCorps—one in Ann Arbor in an early childhood program and another in Detroit in an elementary school. I then taught at a private early childhood center as a toddler, two-year-old, and floater teacher. I also worked as a Graduate Student Assistant in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt on a literacy and language project.

My role at PRI is data collection for the Pre-K Expansion project. I’m involved in preparing and training for data collection, checking data that comes in, providing support to assessors and observers in the field, and collecting data myself in Nashville and in Memphis. I am interested in improving our training processes and helping assessors learn measures better and perform them with more confidence. I have been producing and editing various training videos for several of our more difficult measures, as well as making a manual to help assessors more accurately score one of our spelling measures. I am very excited for Year 2 of data collection!