Abigail Gray currently serves as the Deputy Chief of School Climate and Safety at The School District of Philadelphia.
Previously, she was a Stoneleigh Fellow and Senior Researcher at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Through her Fellowship, Abigail worked with the School District of Philadelphia on a research-practice partnership to improve school climate. A seasoned mixed-methods researcher, Abigail has extensive experience partnering with schools and designing and implementing rigorous education research. She has led multiple large, federally funded research projects in collaboration with the School District of Philadelphia. These include a multiyear, randomized controlled trial of a literacy curriculum, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, and two studies funded by the National Institute of Justice on climate and discipline. Previously, she worked as a middle-school teacher and school leader in the School District of Philadelphia, where she gained experience overseeing process-improvement projects. She is a certified reviewer of group-design studies for the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse.
Abigail holds a BA in American studies and Spanish from the University of Notre Dame, an MPW from the University of Southern California, an MSEd in Education from Chestnut Hill College, and a PhD in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania.