Lydia Rainey is a principal at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, where her research focuses on how school districts design and implement innovative approaches to serving all students. Her areas of expertise include educational policy implementation, qualitative and design-based research methods, and district central office policy, practice, and leadership.
She is the co-author of the books Supervising principals for instructional leadership: A teaching and learning approach (2020) and From tinkering to transformation: School district central offices as engines of educational equity (2023). Before joining CRPE, she worked with the University of Washington’s District Leadership Design Lab, the Center for Teaching and Policy, and the City of Seattle Office of Education.
Lydia has a PhD in Educational Policy, Organizations, and Leadership, a Masters of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs, and a BA in Political Economy, all from the University of Washington.