Rebecca (Becki) Herman (she/her) is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She specializes in conducting and evaluating research on school leadership, comprehensive school reform, positive behavioral interventions, and related school, district, and higher education initiatives. Herman has helped set standards for and conducted critical reviews of research on educational programs, practices, and policies, and she is recognized for producing easily accessible products that resonate with practitioners, policymakers, and the public.
She has delivered congressional testimony, as well as dozens of invited presentations on school leadership, school turnaround, comprehensive school reform, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and evidence-based school improvement. She also has worked with the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense to support the use of effective practices in personnel development.
Herman trained and served as a teacher early in her career. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology, specializing in education, at Johns Hopkins University.
Gates, S.M., Woo, A., Xenakis, L., Wang, E.L., Herman, R., Andrew, M., & Todd, I. , Using state-level policy levers to promote principal quality: Lessons from seven state partnering with principal preparation programs and district., RAND (RR-A413-1), 2020
Wang, Elaine Lin, Gates, Susan M., Herman, Rebecca, Mean, Monica, Perera, Rachel, Tsai, Tiffany, Whipkey, Katie, and Andrew, Megan , Launching a redesign of university principal preparation programs: Partners collaborate for change. , RAND (RR-2612), 2018
Herman, R., Gates, S., Arifkhanova, A., Bega, A., Chavez-Herreria, E., Han, E., Harris, M., Leschitz, J., and Wrabel, S., School Leadership Interventions under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Evidence Review, RAND (RR-1550-2-WF), 2016
Wrabel, Stephani L., Herman, Rebecca, and Susan M. Gates , RAND school leadership intervention evaluation toolkit, RAND (TL-239), 2018
Mann, Elizabeth, Herman, Rebecca, and Hansen, Michael "Should they stay or should they go: The mythical appeal of staff replacement as a turnaround strategy," in Meyers, Coby and Darwin, Marlene, Enduring myths that inhibit school turnaround, Information Age Publishing, 2017
Herman, R., Hung, A.A., Burke, J., Carman, K.G., Clancy, N., Kaufman, J.H., and Wilson, K., A Tool for Reviewing K-12 Financial Education Curricula, RAND (TL-181-CFPB), 2015
Dragoset, L., James-Burdumy, S., Hallgren, K., Perez-Johnson, I., Herrmann, M., Tuttle, C., Angus, M.H., Herman, R., Murray, M., Tanenbaum, C., and Graczewski, C., Usage of Policies and Practices Promoted by Race to the Top, NCEE, 2015
Daugherty, Lindsay, Rebecca Herman, and Fatih Unlu , Logic models for selecting, designing, and implementing evidence-based school leadership interventions, RAND (TL-274), 2017