Marjorie Wechsler is the Principal Research Manager at the Learning Policy Institute, where she leads mixed-methods research studies related to teacher and leader quality and early childhood learning. Her work at LPI focuses on supporting and documenting systems change to advance equity. Wechsler was the lead author of the recently published book On the Road to High-Quality Early Learning: Changing Children's Lives (Teachers College Press).
Wechsler has more than 25 years of experience conducting policy research at the national, state, and local levels. Prior to joining the LPI, she was Co-Director of SRI International’s Center for Education Policy, where she led research studies on the preparation and induction of new teachers, teacher professional development and teacher leadership, and systems reform efforts. She specializes in teacher development, school- and district-level reform, preschool through third-grade education, and systems approaches to educational improvement. Once a kindergarten teacher, much of her work today focuses on policies and strategies for improving the educational and life outcomes for traditionally underserved students.
Wechsler received her Ph.D. in Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University, an Ed.M. in Education Policy from Harvard University, and a teaching credential and B.A. from Brandeis University in Psychology.