Michael McGarrah supports the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development’s research needs, providing analysis of the latest evidence-based studies on issues related to social, emotional, and academic development in K-12 education. He most recently worked at American Institutes for Research, specializing in topics related to social and emotional learning and college and career readiness. Before beginning his career in education research and policy work, McGarrah was a Fulbright Scholar working in the bilingual public schools in Madrid, Spain, where he taught middle and high school English and provided professional development to teachers. McGarrah holds a bachelor’s degree in child psychology from the University of Minnesota where he devised an experimental method to evaluate the development of emotion regulation in young children.
Research & Policy Associate | National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development