Kaylan Connally was a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She provided research and analysis on policies that impact PreK-12 teaching quality and school leadership. She is currently a Senior Program Associate at the Council of Chief State School Officers, where she supports states’ efforts to improve educator preparation programs along with outcomes for diverse learners.
Previously, Connally worked on teacher evaluation design and research at D.C. Public Schools. There she led stakeholder engagement and qualitative research on teacher evaluation and developed policy proposals to increase evaluation’s formative value, including initiating a student surveys pilot. Connally began her career as a teacher in Brooklyn, where she taught sixth grade English. Connally and her work have been featured in such media outlets as The Hechinger Report, Pacific Standard, Washington Monthly, and The Atlantic. She holds an EdM in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in philosophy from New York University.