Susanna Cooper
Managing Director, Wheelhouse

Before joining Wheelhouse, Ms. Cooper served as an independent consultant and as longtime advisor on pre-K-to-14 education issues for the leader of the California State Senate. In that role, she shaped and shepherded the Pro Tem’s education agenda, provided counsel on education budget matters, and led multi-year campaigns to increase quality pre-kindergarten opportunities for low-income children, reduce the number of high school dropouts, and strengthen high school-post-secondary pathways.

(530) 752-9854
Staff Profile Center for Community and Citizen science

Ryan Meyer
Executive Director, Center for Community and Citizen Science

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I direct the Center for Community and Citizen Science at the UC Davis School of Education. We are building a home to programs and partnerships that revolutionize how – and with whom – science gets done. Learn more and sign up for our mailing list here.


(415) 852-8356
Staff Profile CAP-ED

Christina E. Murdoch, Ed.D.
Director, Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed)

Education is all a matter of building bridges.
—Ralph Ellison, author of Invisible Man


EdD, Educational Leadership, University of California Davis

MFA, Painting and Drawing,  University of Montana, Missoula
MA, Art History – Aesthetic Theory, University of Montana, Missoula
BA Third World Literature, University of California, San Diego; University of Nairobi — Nairobi, Kenya

(530) 752-1533
Staff Profile REEd

Susan O’Hara
Executive Director

Susan O’Hara joined the School of Education as REEd’s Executive Director in 2013 with a wealth of experience and background in public education, and working closely with teachers, researchers and community leaders. An educator for 20 years, Susan began teaching mathematics and science to middle and high school students in Ireland. In 2000, Susan was appointed assistant professor in teacher education at Sacramento State University and received early promotion to associate professor in 2004. While at Sacramento State University she served as associate chair of teacher education and core faculty for the Independent Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Most recently, she was associate professor and founding executive director of the Center to Support Excellence in Teaching (CSET) at Stanford University.

Susan’s research practice partnership work is focused on building instructional capacity and implementing integrated professional growth systems, with specific attention to meeting the needs of linguistically and culturally diverse populations. Her work in this area has spanned 22 years and she is specifically interested in partnerships that translate into actions and improvements in practice. Her current work stems from a five-year grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) testing the efficacy of Academic Language and Literacy in Every Subject (ALLIES), an instructional capacity building model that targets the academic language and literacy needs of English learners in grades3-6 as well as a four-year grant from the National Science Foundation testing the efficacy of a professional learning model designed to improve math outcomes for all students.

Recent Grants

  • U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation (2018-2022). Testing the Efficacy of the SOAR for Math Professional Learning Model. ($4.9M)
  • U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (2017-2022). Investigating the Efficacy of the Academic Language and Literacy Professional Developmental Model.($3.2M)
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (2016- 2021). Building District Capacity to Support Mentors and Teachers in the Academic Language and Literacy Development of Young English Learners. ($2.5 M)
  • Improving Teacher Quality Grant (2016-2018). Resourcing Integrated Professional Learning Systems. ($3.8 M)
  • California Department of Corrections. Evaluation of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Career Technical Education Program. ($500,000).
  • Improving Teacher Quality Grant. Resourcing Integrated Professional Learning Systems ($5.8M).
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition. Academic Literacy Support for Teachers: A Capacity Building Approach ($2M).

Select Publications

O’Hara, S. and Bookmyer, J. (2018). Theory of action for resourcing professional growth. Journal of Professional Capital and Community.

O’Hara, S., Bookmyer, J., Martin, R., Newton, R., and Reyes, R.  (2018). The (not so fast or straight) Line to Continuous Improvement: Building a Teacher Professional Growth System. Leadership Magazine

O’Hara, S.. Pritchard, R., Pitta, D., Newton, R., and Do, U. (2017). Academic language and literacy in every setting (ALLIES+): strengthening the STEM learning ecosystem. In Olivera, A., and Weinburg, M. (Eds) Science teacher preparation in content-based second language acquisition

O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R. (2016). Framing teaching for Common Core literacy standards: SOAR teaching frames for literacy. Psychology Research, February 2016, Vol. 6, No. 2, 92-101.

O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R., & Zwiers, J. (2016). Academic Language and Literacy in Every Subject (ALLIES): A capacity building approach to supporting teachers in Grades 3-8. In F. Hiebert & P. Proctor (Eds), Teaching emergent bilingual students: Flexible approaches in an era of new standards

Pritchard, R., O’Hara, S., & Zwiers, J. (2016). Framing the teaching of academic language to English learners: A Delphi study of expert consensus. TESOL Quarterly.

O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R., Pitta, D., and Webb, J. (2015). Implementing new technologies to support social justice pedagogy. In Papa, R., Eadens, D. M., & Eadens, D. M. (Eds). Social justice instruction: Empowerment on the chalkboard. Springer Publishing

O’Hara, S. & Pritchard, R. (2015). Using new technologies to engage and support English learners in mathematics classrooms. In D. Polly (Ed.) Cases on technology and Common Core mathematics standards. IGI Global. Hersey, PA.

O’Hara, S., Zwiers, J., & Pritchard, R. (2014). Cutting to the Common Core: Changing the playing field. The Journal of Communication & Education, 13(7), 28-31.

O’Hara, S., & Pritchard, R. (2013). Learning to integrate new technologies into teaching and learning through a design-based model of professional development. The Journal of Technology and Teacher Education (JTATE), 21(2), Pages 203-223.

O’Hara, S. & Pritchard, R. (2012). Professional degree programs for the development of accomplished teachers: A case for the National Board Certification process. Journal of Educational Research and Practice (JERAP), 2(1), Pages 54–73.

O’Hara, S., Pritchard, R., & Huang-DeVoss, Cammy. (2012). The Teaching Using Technology Studio (TUTS): Innovative professional development to meet the needs of English language learners. TESOL Journal.

O’Hara, S. & Pritchard, R. (2012). “I’m teaching what?!”: Preparing university faculty for online Instruction. Journal of Educational Research and Practice (JERAP). Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 42-53.

(916) 425-1987
Staff Profile California Education Lab

Sherrie Reed
Executive Director, California Education Lab

Sherrie Reed serves as Executive Director for California Education Lab.  In this role, Sherrie is managing and directing the research efforts of numerous federal and foundation grants and supporting the faculty Principal Investigators. These projects represent unprecedented collaboration among the primary public education segments in the state of California, including formal partnership between the University of California, Davis and the California Department of Education, and collaboration with the California State University Chancellor’s Off

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Staff Profile

Lisa Sullivan
Associate Director of Teacher Education

Dr. Lisa Sullivan brings a range of skills and experience to her work in Teacher Education. Lisa worked as a classroom teacher in East Los Angeles and in Northern California before obtaining her doctorate from UC Davis in Learning and Mind Sciences. She has worked extensively with both classroom teachers and higher education faculty to improve teaching and learning.  Lisa has conducted over twenty program evaluations for K-12 and university based education initiatives. She has expertise in the area of special education, having worked on a national implementation grant to support general education teachers to implement best practices for students with autism. Lisa has also taught both credential and Masters students at UC Davis, Sacramento State University and Loyola Marymount University. Her dissertation research examined the role of attention in learning and school readiness for preschool children.  Her main area of interest is in working with educators to translate research into practice that will improve outcomes for all students.


  • Ph.D. in Learning and Mind Sciences, University of California, Davis, 2010
  • M.A. in Educational Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2006
  • B.A. in Psychology, Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude, University of California, Irvine, 1986

Publications and Working Papers

  • Franzone, E., Kucharczyk, S., Sullivan, L., & Szidon, K. (2012). Facilitating the use of evidence based practices in classrooms: The national professional development center model for implementation. In Mundy, P. & Mastergeorge, A. (Eds), Autism for Educators, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Sullivan, L. (2010). Joint attention: Interactions with word learning and school readiness. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, Volume 71(11-A), pp.3902.
  • Abedi, J., Kao, J.C., Leon, S., Mastergeorge, A., Sullivan, L., Herman, J., & Pope, R. (2010). Accessibility of segmented reading comprehension passages for students with disabilities. Applied Measurement in Education, 23 (2), 168-186.
  • Mundy, P., Sullivan, L., & Mastergeorge, A. (2009). A parallel and distributed-processing model of joint attention, social cognition and autism. Autism Research, 2(1), 2-21.
  • Abedi, K., Kao, J., Leon, J., Sullivan, L., Herman, J., Pope, R., Nambiar, V., & Mastergeorge, A. (2008). Exploring factors that affect accessibility of reading comprehension assessments for students with disabilities: A study of segmented text (Report No. 746), 80pp. Los Angeles: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST).

Manuscript Currently Under Review

  • Sullivan, L., Mundy, P., & Mastergeorge, A. Joint Attention, Social Behavior and School Readiness in Preschool Children.
(530) 752-2809

Dr. Lawrence (Torry) Winn
Academic Administrator, Co-Director of Transformative Justice in Education Center (TJE)

With over fifteen years of professional experience, Winn has worked and consulted with foundations, cities, and non-profits including Casey Family Programs, Annie E. Casey, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, City of Newark (NJ), City of Madison (WI), St. HOPE, MLK Community Resources Collaborative, and Race to Equity.  His expertise includes youth programs/education, civic and community engagement, strategic partnerships, race and equity, and community based participatory research.

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