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Hayley Weddle

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Hayley Weddle, PhD, earned her doctorate in Transforming Education in a Diverse Society at UC San Diego under the mentorship of Dr. Amanda Datnow. Her research centers on addressing inequities in educational practices and policies, with a focus on research-practice partnerships. Her dissertation research explored teacher collaboration as a pathway for capacity building in urban schools under pressure to improve student achievement. Hayley also served as the 2019-2020 Student Regent on the University of California Board of Regents, representing undergraduate and graduate students across the UC system. In this role, she chaired the Regents Special Committee on Basic Needs, leading efforts to address food and housing insecurity.

As a postdoctoral researcher under the mentorship of Dr. Megan Hopkins, Hayley currently studies efforts to promote equity and access for English Learners. She is particularly interested in the role of school, district, and state leaders in transforming education systems. In this work, Hayley also focuses on strategies for developing meaningful and reciprocal partnerships between researchers and practitioners.