Laura Stelitano

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Associate Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in learning sciences and policy, University of Pittsburgh; M.Ed. in special education, George Mason University; B.A. in anthropology, Saint Vincent College

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Laura Stelitano (she/her) is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Laura’s research primarily focuses on K-12 education and policy implementation and on workforce development. Her education interests include special education and inclusion, teacher and school leader preparation, and professional development. In the area of workforce development, Laura is interested in studying the improvement and alignment of workforce development systems and working with transdisciplinary teams to employ continuous improvement processes. She specializes in qualitative and mixed methods. Laura was a RAND Summer Associate in 2016 and completed her Ph.D. in learning sciences and policy at the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to that she worked as a research associate at the American Institutes for Research and as a middle school special education teacher in Washington D.C. She earned her M.Ed. In special education at George Mason University and her B.A. in anthropology at Saint Vincent College.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of Opportunity by Design
  • Exploring How BELL's Approach to Professional Development Transforms Teacher Practice
  • RAISE: C-Accel Pilot Track B2 (National Talent Ecosystem): Rapid Dissemination of AI Microcredentials through Hands-on Industrial Robotics Education (RD-AIM-HIRE)

Selected Publications

Steiner, Elizabeth D.; Hamilton, Laura S.; Stelitano, Laura; Rudnick, Mollie , Early Insights on Designing Innovative High Schools: Interim Findings from an Evaluation of the Opportunity by Design Initiative, RAND Corporation (RB-9985-CCNY), 2017

Steiner, Elizabeth D.; Hamilton, Laura S.; Stelitano, Laura; Rudnick, Mollie, Designing Innovative High Schools: Implementation of the Opportunity by Design Initiative After Two Years, RAND Corporation (RR-2005-CCNY), 2017

Stelitano, L., Russell, J., Bray, L., "Organizing for Meaningful Inclusion: Exploring the Routines that Shape Student Supports," American Educational Research Journal, 57(2), 2019

Stelitano, L., Johnston, W.R., Young, C.J., Principals Could Use More Support to Help Students with Disabilities — Especially in Schools Serving Mostly Students of Color., RAND Corporation (RR-2575/13-BMGF), 2020

Stelitano, L., Doan, S., Lawrence, R., Henry, D., Teachers' Use of Intervention Programs: Who Uses Them and How Context Matters. , RAND Corporation (RR-2575/16-BMGF/SFF/OFF), 2020