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Douglas Gagnon

Douglas Gagnon

As senior researcher at Marzano Research, Doug contributes to numerous projects relating to, for example, career and technical education and a loan-forgiveness program for teachers. Under the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Central contract, he also leads the Cross-REL Rural Education Working Group, which concentrates efforts across RELs to address current concerns in rural education. Doug has research expertise in quantitative methods and study design.

“Education leads to an informed and engaged citizenry, which ultimately allows for a healthy democracy. Applied education research plays an important role in improving education by helping educators and decision-makers better understand what works and implement best practices.”

After spending nearly a decade as a classroom teacher and curriculum and assessment specialist, Doug came to education research with a desire to aid educators in understanding and implementing best practices and policies. He is excited to help schools and students succeed through his work.

As senior researcher at Marzano Research, Doug contributes to numerous projects relating to, for example, career and technical education and a loan-forgiveness program for teachers. Under the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Central contract, he also leads the Cross-REL Rural Education Working Group, which concentrates efforts across RELs to address current concerns in rural education. Doug has research expertise in quantitative methods and study design.

At the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy, Doug’s research focused on education policy related to equity, rural schooling, teacher quality, and trends in student discipline. He also managed the external evaluation of the university’s Teacher Residency for Rural Education, a U.S. Department of Education–funded program that prepares mathematics and science teachers to teach in high-need rural schools in northern New Hampshire. Previously, Doug spent time with the Delaware Department of Education as a data fellow through Harvard University’s Strategic Data Project, and he also worked on research projects with the Center for Assessment and Somerville Public Schools in Massachusetts.

Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Ithaca College, a master’s degree in physics education from Cornell University, and a doctorate in education policy from the University of New Hampshire.