Molly F. Gordon is a research scientist at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. Gordon's research interests include how educators interpret and enact policies into practice, the process of organizational change and school improvement, democracy and education, and family and community engagement. Her recent work includes investigating state educational policy contexts, exploring participatory democracy and outside stakeholder influences in education, and examining college going cultures in schools. She also currently oversees the qualitative work on the CPS school closings study, on which she is a co-PI, has worked on a study of the 5Essentials across Illinois, and is part of the team studying schools’ efforts to improve preschool attendance.
Prior to joining UChicago Consortium, Gordon was a research associate at the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota. She received her BA in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA in educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.