Molly F. Gordon is a Research Scientist at the UChicago Consortium. Her current research focuses on the impact of closing schools on families, examining the 5Essential Supports surveys across Illinois, and investigating how school leadership influences instruction and student learning. Previously, she was a Research Associate at the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) at the University of Minnesota. Prior work involved researching parent and community engagement in schools, educational policy contexts and political cultures, the link between leadership and student achievement, and evaluating school programs and policies. She earned a BA in philosophy and an MA in educational policy studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a PhD in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.