Anna R. Saavedra is a full policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research addresses teaching and learning of complex thinking and communication skills. She is currently principal investigator of a three-year, multi-site pilot and randomized control trial evaluation of the Knowledge in Action program, a project-based learning approach to teaching Advanced Placement courses. She is also co-principal investigator of a five-year, multi-site, mixed-methods evaluation of innovative ways to design schools to optimize high school students' skill development and college, career, and citizenship preparedness. In another current study she is leading development of a replicable methodology to identify and describe the non-technical skills military personnel gain through schoolhouse training and on-the-job experience. Saavedra recently led three evaluations of the International Baccalaureate program in the United States and Mexico; was first author of papers on Common Core State Standards implementation, teaching and learning 21st century skills, and K-12 civic education; and a co-led a study of college students' critical thinking, problem solving, interpersonal, and writing skills. Compare, Economics of Education Review, Teachers College Record and Harvard Education Press have published her recent work. Saavedra also taught high school world history and managed educational programs and partnerships for a large international education company. She received master's and doctorate degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Anna Rosefsky Saavedra "Dry to Dynamic Civics Education Curricula," in Eds David Campbell, Frederick M. Hess, Meira Levinson, Civics 2.0: Citizenship Education for a New Generation, Harvard Education Press (forthcoming)
Anna Rosefsky Saavedra, Juan Esteban Saavedra, "Do Colleges Cultivate Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Writing and Interpersonal Skills?" Economics of Education Review (forthcoming)
Anna Rosefsky Saavedra, "The Academic Impact of Enrollment in International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs: A Case Study of Chicago Public Schools," Teachers College Record, 116(5), 2014
Saavedra, A., Lavore, E. & Flores, G., "The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Mexico as Preparation for Higher Education.," Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 2014
Saavedra, A. & Opfer, D., "Learning 21st -Century Skills Requires 21st-Century Teaching," Phi Delta Kappan, 2012