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Dr. Heather Harding

Heather Harding's professional career has spanned classroom teaching, professional development, non-profit management, and empirical research. As Executive Director of EdCORE at George Washington University, she is responsible for the vision and execution of the capital city’s education research consortium focused on improving outcomes for DC’s public school students. EdCORE (The Education Consortium for Research and Evaluation) is an exciting new partnership between independent research firms, university-based faculty, and advocates for quality education in the District of Columbia.

Prior to serving as EdCORE’s ED, Dr. Harding was the senior vice president of Community Partnerships at Teach For America where she oversaw the organization’s partnership work in the areas of policy, research, community engagement, and special initiatives in early childhood education and STEM. Having begun her career as a Teach For America corps member in rural North Carolina, she served as Executive Director of the eastern North Carolina region in the mid-nineties. Dr. Harding has held numerous practitioner roles in organizations including the Boston Plan for Excellence, Citizen Schools, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and KIPP. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her dissertation documented the work of four successful White urban middle school teachers. Dr. Harding previously led the Research partnerships team at TFA where she increased the volume of independent research on the program’s impact, built new alliances with the teacher education community, and developed systems for communicating impact and equipping staff with accurate research information.

A trained journalist, Heather attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and retains her love of investigative research and artful writing. She lives in northeast Washington, DC with her husband and two children.