Jennifer T. Leschitz

Senior Policy Analyst
Off Site Office

Education

Ph.D. in psychology (developmental), University of Florida

Overview

Jennifer Tamargo Leschitz is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Tamargo has a solid background in planning and managing research projects, training field staff, and qualitative data collection and analysis. Her current work includes an evaluation of the Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI) and Quality Start Los Angeles Developmental Evaluation. ​In prior years she contributed to evaluations of quality rating and improvement systems for early learning programs and effectiveness of voluntary summer programs, and development of an operational guide for voluntary summer programs. Her research interests broadly include the influence of cognitive and social factors on children's learning and the implications of these relationships for education and intervention programs targeting at-risk populations. Tamargo formally trained in social science methodology and program evaluation. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology with a developmental focus from the University of Florida.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of Partnerships for Social and Emotional Learning Initiative (PSELI)
  • Review of Evidence on Social Emotional Learning
  • National Summer Learning Demonstration
  • School Leader Evidence Review
  • Delaware Stars for Early Success Evaluation

Selected Publications

Heather L. Schwartz, Jennifer Sloan McCombs, Catherine H. Augustine, & Jennifer T. Leschitz , Getting To Work On Summer Learning: Recommended Practices for Success, 2nd Ed. , RAND Corporation (RR-366-1-WF), 2018

Sean Grant, Laura Hamilton, Stephani Wrabel, Celia J. Gomez, Anamarie Whitaker, Jennifer T. Leschitz, Fatih Unlu, Emilio R. Chavez-Herrerias, Garrett Baker, Mark Barrett, Mark Harris, & Alyssa Ramos , How The Every Student Succeeds Act Can Support Social and Emotional Learning, RAND Corporation (RB-9988-WF), 2017

Sean Grant, Laura Hamilton, Stephani Wrabel, Celia J. Gomez, Anamarie Whitaker, Jennifer T. Leschitz, Fatih Unlu, Emilio R. Chavez-Herrerias, Garrett Baker, Mark Barrett, Mark Harris, & Alyssa Ramos , Social and Emotional Learning Interventions Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Evidence Review, RAND Corporation (RR-2133-WF), 2017

Epstein, Rebecca Herman, Susan M. Gates, Aziza Arifkhanova, Andriy Bega, Emilio Chavez-Herrerias, Eugene Han, Mark Harris, Jennifer Leschitz and Stephani Wrabel, School Leadership Interventions Under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Evidence Review: Updated and Expanded, RAND Corporation (RR-1550-2), 2017

Heather Schwartz, Lynn A. Karoly, Vi-Nhuan Le, Jennifer Tamargo and Claude Messan Setodji, Evaluation of Delaware Stars for Early Success: Year 1 Report (2014), RAND Corporation (RR-606-DOEL), 2014

M. Jeffrey Farrar, Hyeonjin Lee, Young-Hee Cho, Jennifer Tamargo and HyeKyeung Seunge, "Language and False Belief in Korean-Speaking and English-Speaking Children," Cognitive Development, 28, 2013

Publications