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Julie Kochanek

Julie Reed Kochanek, Ph.D., is a managing director at the American Institutes for Research and Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest. Dr. Kochanek has more than 15 years of experience in research and evaluation of school reform efforts, with a special focus on the social and organizational conditions surrounding schools and districts. Her work explores methods to bridge research and practice in education. In her current role on REL Midwest and her previous role as the Director of Research for REL Northeast & Islands, Dr. Kochanek has designed and implemented structures and procedures that engage stakeholders in the research process, facilitate conversations between researchers and practitioners throughout a project life cycle, and entail the inclusion of activities that support stakeholders in the use of findings. In addition, she has designed and conducted studies of collaborative research models including a study of variation in research alliance formation and a study of changes in researcher attitudes and behaviors when engaged in collaborative research. Dr. Kochanek has published a number of studies with IES. She is also author of Building Trust for Better Schools: Research-Based Practices and coauthor of multiple chapters in Trust in Schools: A Core Resource for Improvement by Anthony Bryk and Barbara Schneider.