Debra M. Pacchiano

Debra Pacchiano is Vice President of Practice Improvement at the Ounce of Prevention Fund. She is responsible for conceptualizing, designing, implementing, and evaluating applied research initiatives to advance teaching, learning, and instructional leadership in early childhood education. Debra recently directed a U.S. Department of Education, Investing in Innovation (i3) grant to design and test a professional learning model that develops instructional leadership and organizational supports essential to effective teaching and continuous improvement, including job-embedded professional learning routines. Debra brings a range of experiences implementing and co-directing among multiple organizations and school districts complex local, state and federal initiatives. At the Ounce, Debra has directed various research initiatives including the Educare Chicago Implementation and Follow-Up Studies, and has co-designed the Educare Learning Network Training and Implementation Assistance System. Prior to the Ounce, she was a Regional Project Director on an Illinois State Board of Education statewide initiative on three-tiered models of prevention and intervention for kindergarten through middle school settings; was a Research Analyst at the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC where she worked on the redesign and national deployment of the Office of Head Start’s Program Review and Monitoring System; and was a Special Education Administrator in a large, urban public school system overseeing implementation of special education regulations and a state capacity building grant in the area of alternative service delivery models. She has published in both peer-reviewed scientific journals and practitioner-focused journals and authored content about research-program partnerships and teacher leadership. 

All Publications

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Early Education Essentials Cover Early Education Essentials

Validation of Surveys Measuring Early Education Organizational Conditions

Article Dec 2018
Early Education Essentials Early Education Essentials

Illustrations of Strong Organizational Practices in Programs Poised for Improvement

Report Dec 2018
Organizing Early Education for Improvement: Testing a New Survey Tool Organizing Early Education for Improvement

Testing a New Survey Tool

Report Mar 2018
Essential Organizational Supports for Early Education: The Development of a New Survey Tool to Measure Organizational Conditions Essential Organizational Supports for Early Education

The Development of a New Survey Tool to Measure Organizational Conditions

Brief Jul 2016
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