Dr. Ranjana Damle

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 Ranjana Damle currently serves as a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Education Policy Research at the University of New Mexico. As the Director of Elev8 Evaluation, her current work focuses on Elev8, a community school model implemented in four New Mexico schools, that envisions creating equitable opportunities for low-income students by providing a variety of supports to meet the students’ health and educational needs. Her extensive experience in preK-12 education stems from her work in Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) where she served as a researcher and an evaluator from 1999 through 2012. She conducted evaluations of strategies and programs designed to assist struggling students and close achievement gap in schools. Her focus has included parent and community engagement policy and early childhood education, important components in making education accessible to all communities.  

Ranjana has a doctorate in sociology and her interests include education policy; inequality and stratification based on, but not limited to, gender, race/ethnicity, and social class; and cultural proficiency, a tool in empowering communities and educating disadvantaged children. Her previous professional experience includes post-secondary teaching, instructing a variety of sociology courses including research methods for over eight years. She served on the Cultural Proficiency Committee in APS.  As an undergraduate student in India, she volunteered in a tribal community in an all-volunteer economic development project.