Marisa Cannata is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University and Director of the National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools. Dr. Cannata has experience overseeing large mixed-method research projects in schools and district.s. Dr. Cannata’s substantive expertise on continuous improvement research, charter schools, teacher career decisions and work experiences, implementation, and scaling up contributes to the Center’s ability to identify the programs and practices of highly effective schools and work collaboratively with districts to design innovations. She is the co-editor of School Choice and School Improvement, published by Harvard Education Press. Dr. Cannata has a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Michigan State University.