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Danette Parsley is chief executive officer at Marzano Research and one of three principal owners of the company. Danette brings two decades of experience leading people and projects to support school systems in pursuing evidence-based change to the company. Under her leadership, staff combine deep content, scientific inquiry, and system improvement expertise with a wealth of practical experience to support partners in improving education systems, practices, and outcomes for all learners. She is passionate about creating conditions for individuals, teams, and organizations to develop and thrive.

An expert in school system improvement, professional learning networks, rural education, research-practice partnerships, and out-of-school-time programs and practices, Danette has led dozens of large-scale projects supporting the efforts of schools, districts, and state education agencies in improving student outcomes. Danette has written for a host of publications, including School Administrator, Principal Leadership, American Educator, Education Leadership, AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, Afterschool Matters, and the Albert Shanker Institute’s blog series. She served as the guest editor for the Peabody Journal of Education for an issue focused on rural school improvement and as a member of the board of experts that developed the IES practice guide Structuring Out-of-School Time to Improve Academic Achievement.

Danette is an elected board member for the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) and serves as an Advisory Board member for the California MTSS School Climate and Discipline initiative.

Danette received a doctorate in organizational change from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in educational psychology, research and evaluation methodology, from the University of Colorado at Denver.

She volunteers as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA) for foster youth who have been abused and neglected. In her spare time, Danette enjoys traveling, hiking with her adorable rescue pup, and experimenting with plant-based cooking.