Holly Kreider is a Project Manager and Research Associate at Harvard Family Research Project. Dr. Kreider leads family involvement research on the School Transition Study, a longitudinal, mixed-method study of low-income childrens successful development through middle childhood. She also co-founded the Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE), which makes research findings on family-school-community partnerships accessible and applicable to education professionals nationwide. Dr. Kreiders research interests include the processes and outcomes of family involvement for the development of children and youth, particularly underserved low-income children; qualitative and mixed methodologies in social science research; and innovative pedagogy in higher education, including the case method. She also serves as an instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, co-teaching a module on Family-School Partnerships. Prior to joining HFRP, she worked as an evaluation consultant to public schools and residential treatment facilities and as a counselor with children, youth and families. Publications include New Skills for New Schools: Preparing teachers in family involvement ; Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies: Training child care providers to support families , and Making it work: Low-income working mothers involvement in their childrens education . Dr. Kreider received her Ed.D. from Harvard University.
Heather B. Weiss is founder and director of the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP; www.hfrp.org) and senior research associate/instructor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Founded in 1983, HFRP's mission is to improve practice, intervention, and policy to support children's successful development from birth to adulthood. Dr. Weiss and her HFRP colleagues conduct, synthesize, and disseminate research and evaluation information and develop professional and organizational learning tools that support evaluation, continuous improvement, and accountability and that spark innovation. A cornerstone of HFRP's work is the promotion, documentation, and assessment of complementary learning: strategies that support children's learning and development in family and community settings as well as school contexts. Under Dr. Weiss's leadership, HFRP created the national Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE); informed policy development in the areas of children, youth and families; and significantly expanded its complementary learning resources to include early childhood education, afterschool and expanded learning time opportunities, and digital media and learning. Dr. Weiss writes, speaks, and advises on programs and policies for children and families and is a consultant and advisor to numerous foundations on strategic grant making and evaluation. Her recent publications focus on reframing research and evaluation to support continuous improvement and results-based decision making, examining the case for complementary learning from a research and policy perspective, and assessing new ways of providing and evaluating professional development. Dr. Weiss received her EdD in education and social policy from Harvard University.