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Karin Gegenheimer

Research Associate


  • Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy: Vanderbilt University
  • M.A.T in Teaching, General Education: Relay Graduate School of Education
  • B.A. in International Relations: New York University

About Karin Gegenheimer

Karin Gegenheimer is a quantitative researcher who specializes in causal evaluations of K-12 education policies and interventions. Her research takes a partnership approach and centers issues of equity to inform policy and practice at the school, district, and state levels. At RFA, she leads and contributes to a range of projects, including a study of a restorative practices program in the School District of Philadelphia and an evaluation of a literacy and family engagement intervention in elementary schools.

Gegenheimer has previously worked as a middle school teacher in Brooklyn, NY, and as a school district leader in Atlanta, GA. Her teaching background drives her interest in partnership research that seeks to inform equitable education decision-making and policy. She also has experience teaching education policy and research methods to undergraduate and graduate students as well as education leaders. She holds a Ph.D. in education policy from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development.

Key Projects by Karin Gegenheimer

Personalized, Competency-Based Learning in Arizona

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Evaluation of the Relationships First Program at the School District of Philadelphia

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Evaluation of the Catto Scholarship in Philadelphia

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Value-Added Models in Teacher Evaluation and Development

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Please Touch Museum Kindergarten Readiness Experience

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An Evaluation of Congreso’s Éxito K-3 Literacy and Family Engagement Project

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Recent Publications by Karin Gegenheimer


“For the Good of the City” An Early Evaluation of the Catto Scholarship

The Octavius V. Catto Scholarship launched in spring 2021 at Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) to help Philadelphians achieve college success. Inspired by 19th-century civil rights leader Octavius Catto’s belief in education for all, the…