Jill Pierce

Research Associate




B.A. in Comparative Literature: Brown University
M.A. in Teaching of English: Columbia University
Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning: New York University


Jill Pierce has demonstrated expertise in researching professional development and curriculum initiatives; issues of race, equity, and policy in education; and out-of-school time programming. A qualitative researcher, Jill has led data collection and analysis on projects examining K-12 instruction in literacy, math, science, and social studies; professional development supports for teachers in a large, high-poverty school district; and equity-related concerns in school closure and consolidation decisions.

Jill currently directs RFA’s work on projects related to formative assessment practices in math as well as teacher workforce shortages and resource allocations in “turnaround” schools. While at RFA, she has also conducted research for evaluations of three federally-funded projects related to curriculum, assessment, and instruction and two out-of-school-time initiatives aimed at increasing access to academic enrichment opportunities and high-quality arts programming for low-income youth.

Jill has served as a teacher, college counselor, teaching coach, adjunct professor, and editor.