Kiley O'Meara

Kiley O'Meara Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)
Kiley O'Meara
Education Consultant

Kiley O’Meara is an education consultant while formally a senior researcher with Policy Analysis for California Education. In that role, she partnered with schools, districts, nonprofits, and foundations dedicated to improving K–12 education. She specializes in investigating the change process: the practices, tools, and levers that support improvement; the contexts that inspire innovation; and the habits, mindsets, and behaviors that promote growth. She has worked for and with foundations and nonprofits, and has taught high school English. O'Meara received her MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Publications by Kiley O'Meara
Improvement Team Leads’ Perspectives on Fitting Improvement Work to Their Sites
This chapter in an edited book focuses on the work of two improvement network hubs in California as they tried to support participating districts and schools to improve the proportion of students “on-track” for post-secondary success. California has…
CORE’s Approach
Busy educators are often faced with a dilemma—staying up to date with evidence-based practices and initiatives that support their professional growth while combating a constant barrage of superficial ideas from other contexts. Continuous improvement…
Lessons from Two Learning Networks
Continuous improvement has a prominent place in California’s approach to educational accountability. But while there are proof points that show the potential of continuous improvement, currently there is not evidence that continuous improvement…
A Case Study of Two High-Poverty School Districts
This report examines two districts—Azusa Unified and Dinuba Unified—that have begun to shift district structures, policies, and culture to have a measurable effect on student outcomes. Both districts have committed to reducing the D/F rate for…