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Mary Eddins

Research 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 Eddins is a Research Associate on RFA’s policy team and focuses on the Allegheny County Education Research (ACER) and the Pennsylvania Clearinghouse for Education Research (PACER) projects.

Eddins has extensive experience working in the field of education both inside and outside of the classroom. Eddins leverages this experience in support of her projects at RFA, including policy research on topics such as teacher workforce, school discipline, and student access to opportunity in K-12 public schools. Eddins is deeply committed to leveraging research and evaluation to achieve educational equity.

Prior to joining RFA, 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 later 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 Educator Diversity Project

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KnowledgeWorks Personalized, Competency-Based Learning Project

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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

Allegheny County Student and Teacher Race and Ethnicity, 2022-23


Allegheny County Teacher and Student Demographics: 2022-23 Update

This ACER brief updates RFA’s prior analyses of teacher and student race and ethnicity in Allegheny County public schools with data current through the 2022-23 school year. We found that in 2022-23, teachers of color (TOCs)…


The Need for More Teachers of Color

This booklet, The Need for More Teachers of Color, was released as part of a Teach-In hosted by Research for Action on April 23, 2022, in FDR Park in Philadelphia. The booklet provides highlights of…


FAQ: Superintendents in Pennsylvania School Districts

Superintendent leadership plays an important role in charting the trajectory of school district operations and ultimately of student learning. Meanwhile, several school districts undergo a superintendent transition each year, yet relatively little is known about…


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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Recent Posts by Mary Eddins


Pennsylvania’s Voluntary Student Retention Due to COVID-19 Learning Disruptions

Typically, decisions to retain a student, or have them repeat a grade, are grounded in a student’s academic progress, a developmental delay, or a lack of motivation. This school year, however, Pennsylvania has added a new reason—COVID-19 learning loss. Governor Tom Wolf recently signed Act 66 of 2021 into law as an effort to make up for instructional time lost due to the … Continued