Lydia Rainey



Lydia Rainey is a principal at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, where her research focuses on ways to design and implement equitable and innovative school systems, with attention to ways to disrupt our current systems’ preference for the status quo. Her recent research has focused on how educational leaders in state agencies, central offices, and schools lead the design and implementation of new policies and practices that call for deep changes in how their school system educates students. She approaches this work using traditional qualitative, quantitative, and design-based techniques.

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 MPA from the Evans School of Public Affairs, and a BA in Political Economy, all from the University of Washington.


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