EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND POLICY
Big Data; Administration/Management; Design and Analysis of Longitudinal Research; Educational Policy; Economics of Education; Educator Preparation; Evaluation; Leadership; Large-Scale Assessment and Research; Leadership Training; Professional / Staff Development; Quantitative Research Methods; Research Design; Research Methods; Statistical Methods and Applications in Statistical Issues; School and District Reform
Aliza N. Husain’s research focuses on using large-scale panel data and experimental and quasi-experimental methods to answer policy-relevant questions pertaining to principals. She is particularly interested in exploring predictors of principal quality and turnover, and modeling principal effects on teacher hiring, retention, and improvement, all with the goal of understanding how principals influence student outcomes in their schools. To that end, she is also engaged in work around exploring the role of training and professional development in influencing principal quality, as well as evaluating the reliability and validity of existing principal evaluation systems and examining their role in high-stakes decisions.
Husain cares deeply about conducting research that can influence policies that improve schools. She believes that engaging with policymakers in research-practice partnerships surfaces important questions, adds contextual knowledge to better explain research findings, and increases the likelihood that implications from research find their way into policy discussions. She therefore continues to work with states and districts to understand and address stakeholder questions, especially around school leadership.