Nina is a senior research associate at the Rennie Center, where she works to improve public education through well-informed decision-making based on a deep knowledge of evidence of effective policymaking and practice. In this role, she has led research efforts related to dropout prevention and recovery, alternative education, student mobility, teacher preparation, and school budgeting, among other topics. All research projects seek to promote an education system that provides every child with the opportunity to be successful in school and in life.
Nina joined the Rennie Center with a background in international education research, having worked at the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study and the Progress in Reading Literacy Study (TIMSS & PIRLS). She began her education career supporting the headmaster of a full-service school in Boston, and has served as a developmental instructor for college students.
Nina has an M.Ed in Education Research, Measurement, and Evaluation and a B.A. in Human Development, both from Boston College.
Culbertson will be part of the panel on "Alternative Schools in Massachusetts."