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Mary Eddins

Policy Associate

Pronouns: She/Her


  • M.S.Ed. in Education Policy and Reading, Writing, and Literacy: University of Pennsylvania
  • B.A., in Environmental Studies: Allegheny College

About Mary Eddins

Mary serves as RFA’s Policy Associate for the Allegheny County Education Research (ACER) project and is based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Eddins’ work on the ACER project informs education policy discussion through rigorous, objective policy briefs. Prior to joining RFA, she worked in the field of education both inside and outside of the classroom. Eddins began her career as a literacy teacher working predominately with middle school students in Oklahoma and later in her home state of Pennsylvania. She most recently led recruitment efforts in the Pittsburgh area for a national nonprofit to strategically build a diverse teacher pipeline.

  • When I'm not at work, you can find me...

    Teaching a fitness class, reading a book, walking my dog, or spending time with my family and friends in Pittsburgh.

  • A fun fact about me is....

    In college, I worked at a wildlife rehabilitation center taking care of injured birds of prey.

  • Currently binge watching...

    Usually anything involving home renovations and architectural design.

Key Projects by Mary Eddins

Allegheny County Education Research (ACER) Project

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The Pennsylvania Clearinghouse for Education Research (PACER): Translating Research and Analysis for Education Policymakers

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21st Century Grants: Tracking the Implementation and Success of Academically-Oriented After-School Programs

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Recent Publications by Mary Eddins


Access to Experienced Teachers in Allegheny County

Using personnel records from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), this ACER report, takes a closer look at teacher experience in Allegheny County, examining whether equity gaps exist between district and charter schools and between…


Teacher Mobility in Allegheny County, 2014-15 through 2019-20

Teacher mobility, or teacher turnover, has long garnered attention as a critical educational equity gap. This attention is warranted as, within schools, teachers have the single greatest impact on student achievement. The unprecedented interruptions to school-based learning and the trials…


FAQ: Allegheny County Teachers of Color

In a December 2020 project, Research for Action provided statewide analysis and released seven years of new data on teacher demographics for each Pennsylvania public school. Here, as part of our ACER project, we address…


School Police Presence in Allegheny County

In recent years, some school districts across Allegheny County have made noteworthy changes to school policing. While some districts have sought to reduce or eliminate reliance on police, a growing number of other districts in…


Responses to Covid-19 School Closures

In March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic caused schools to close for the remainder of the school year, all Pennsylvania school districts and charter schools were required to “make good faith efforts to implement continuity of…
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