Lora Cohen-Vogel is the Robena and Walter E. Hussman, Jr. Professor of Policy and Education Reform at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She studies teacher quality and the politics of school improvement. As a co-principal investigator and Associate Director of the National Center for Research and Development on Scaling Up Effective Schools, Cohen-Vogel is particularly interested in identifying the programs, policies and practices of schools that are successfully raising schooling outcomes for traditionally underperforming student populations. Among other foci, this work looks at how schools use data to help raise learning outcomes for low-income, minority and ELL students.