Ohio State Coordinator
Amanda Trainor, Ed.M., OH State Coordinator, is a Research Associate at RMC Research. She has 10 years of experience in TA, education research and program evaluation with a focus on supporting education leaders at the state, district and school level use data and evidence-based practices to support school improvement. In Ohio, she currently provides TA on projects related to district and school continuous improvement through the State System of Support and Ohio Improvement Process, and supports the delivery of TA on literacy and resource allocation review initiatives. Previously, as a member of the Northeast Comprehensive Center, she provided TA support to the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) to develop agency-wide standards for equitable review and allocation of state and federal funds. She also supported AOE’s development of the Flexible Pathways Implementation Toolkit, with includes facilitation guides, illustrative case studies, and an equity lens tool for schools and districts to use with students, families and the community to support the development and expansion of flexible learning pathways such as dual enrollment, work-based learning, and equitable access to career and technical education.
Ms. Trainor’s TA work includes providing support for districts and schools in Massachusetts, where she worked at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She led statewide implementation of the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) program, which included coordinating agency-wide assistance to the state’s highest need schools and districts. As a member of DESE’s Office of Effective Practices, she collaborated with research partners to collect and analyze multiple data sources to identify strategies essential to successful turnaround in Massachusetts schools. She also led production of the Sustainable Improvement Video Series, in which school and district leadership and staff from 13 schools tell their unique improvement stories, aligned with Massachusetts’ research on high-leverage, sustainable improvement practices.