Margaret J. McLaughlin, Ph.D. serves as Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Partnerships in the College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park. She holds degrees from the University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Her area of scholarship is K-12 policies and children with disabilities.
She has published extensively on issues related to curriculum access, standards, high stakes assessment and the inclusion of students with disabilities including 9 books, 29 chapters, 49 peer reviewed journal articles; numerous papers, monographs and other publications related to standards, assessment and accountability and students with disabilities. She has served as PI or Co-PI on 14 major research/training grants totaling over $13 million primarily from US Department of Education
She has consulted with numerous state and local agencies, and international organizations, including World Bank, InterAmerica Bank, USAID in almost every state and over 50 local districts and 7 countries on issues related to policies for including students with disabilities in public schools and higher education. She served as Executive Director of the J.P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation and consulted with the Foundation on international initiatives. In addition to serving on numerous advisory and technical work groups she has served on the following committees of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences: Member, Committee on NAEP Accommodations and Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners, Board of Testing and Assessment; Member, Committee on the Disproportionate Representation of Minority Students in Special and Gifted Education, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; Member, Technical Panel on Special Education Funding, National Research Council; Co-Chair, Committee on Goals 2000 and the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.
She currently directs a Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) for school system leaders that is grounded in Improvement Sciences and school improvement offered to cohorts of administrators.
Research and Graduate Education