PROVIDENCE – Vianna Alcantara, an experienced urban educator, will join the Research & Policy team at Brown University’s Annenberg Institute for School Reform (AISR) as a research associate, effective October 14, announced Rosann Tung, AISR’s Research and Policy director.

1060 Alcantara, a native of the Dominican Republic, served as a community engagement fellow at the Greater Lawrence (Massachusetts) Community Action Council, Inc., and the alumni coordinator for the Lawrence Family Development Charter School prior to AISR. Previously, she was the Leadership Academy Middle School director at La Vida, Inc., which offers college access for low-income students in Lynn, Massachusetts.

“Vianna’s theoretical framework, passion for educational equity, and insistence on conducting research that is actionable in urban communities are completely aligned with the team’s current work,” said Tung. “She will quickly enhance our current studies with her skills and experience.” 

She earned a B.A. in international and women’s studies from Denison University (2009), where she was a Posse Foundation Scholar, and an M.Ed. in community engagement from Merrimack College (2014).

AISR’s Research and Policy staff engage in a range of projects to inform both AISR’s work and the fields of district-level reform and community organizing for school reform. This work includes original research, documentation and evaluation of reform efforts, analyses of current education policies, and the development of tools to share lessons and best practices. Additionally, Research and Policy staff support the substantial qualitative and quantitative research embedded in many of the projects carried out by AISR’s Community Organizing and Engagement, and District Redesign and Leadership practices.