Background: Michael D. Corral is an associate partner with Bellwether in the Policy and Evaluation practice area. Michael’s career in education began in 2011 as a middle and high school teacher, athletic coach, and administrator in Phoenix. Since leaving the school building, Michael has worked and researched within the areas of youth engagement, school turnaround, school accountability, school choice, culturally sustaining pedagogies, teacher preparation, alternate-route teacher certification, and the recruitment and retention of teachers of color.
Prior to Bellwether, Michael also served as the lead researcher at Promise54, a national nonprofit that partners with education and social justice organizations to improve their diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism strategies and structures. Additionally, he served as a research associate and project manager at Inflexion, a state policy director at Teach For America in Connecticut, and as an adjunct professor for the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education.
Michael holds a Ph.D in educational leadership from the University of Connecticut, a master’s degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education, and a bachelor’s degree in business, with concentrations in organizational management and marketing, from Eastern Oregon University.
Why I do this work: I proudly do this work on behalf of the countless Black and brown children from my youth and teaching career that weren’t able to access the same opportunities I was afforded. It’s now my responsibility (and honor) to continue fighting for an education system that provides every young person with the access and opportunities to achieve their dreams. ¡Sí, podemos!
Experience at Bellwether: Strategic Planning; Program Evaluation / Evaluation Capacity-Building; Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis; Survey Research; Data Collection and Analysis; Analysis; Teacher Evaluation and Development Systems; Performance Improvement / Sustainability; Policy Research and Analysis; Writing; Research; Project Management; CMO / Charter School Operators; District Schools; Advocacy Organizations
Client segments served: Early Childhood; K-12 Schools; School Districts; CMO / Charter Schools; Nonprofit Organizations; Policy Organizations