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Luis Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Education Leadership

Administration, Leadership, and Technology

(212) 998-5144

Luis A. Rodriguez is Assistant Professor of Education Leadership in the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology at NYU. Dr. Rodriguez’s research primarily investigates how education reform affects the K-12 teacher workforce. He is particularly interested in the identification of policies, programs, and practices capable of sustaining an equitable distribution of diverse and highly qualified teachers supporting students from traditionally disadvantaged backgrounds. In his ongoing research projects, Dr. Rodriguez examines the influence of tenure and evaluation reform on teacher retention, performance, and the incorporation of feedback into instructional practice. He has received national recognition and support for his work in these areas, including awards and grants from the National Academy of Education/Spencer Doctoral Fellowship Program, the Albert Shanker Institute, and the Association for Education Finance and Policy. 

Dr. Rodriguez is currently a Research Affiliate with the Tennessee Education Research Alliance (TERA), the Research Alliance for New York City Schools (RANYCS), the Institute for Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC), and the NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. He received his doctorate in K–12 Education Leadership and Policy Studies with a specialization in Quantitative Methods from Vanderbilt University, and holds a bachelor’s in Economics from Swarthmore College.

Selected Publications

  • Rodriguez, L. A. (In Press). Understanding Tenure Reform: An Examination of Sensemaking Among School Leaders and Teachers. Teachers College Record.
  • Rodriguez, L. A., Swain, W. A., & Springer, M. G. (2020). Sorting Through Performance Evaluations: The Influence of Performance Evaluation Reform on Teacher Attrition and Mobility. American Educational Research Journal. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.3102/0002831220910989
  • Swain, W. A., Rodriguez, L. A., & Springer, M. G. (2019). Selective Retention Bonuses for Highly Effective Teachers in High Poverty Schools: Evidence from Tennessee. Economics of Education Review, 68, 148-160.
  • Grissom, J. A., Rodriguez, L. A., & Kern, E. (2017). Teacher and Principal Diversity and the Representation of Students of Color in Gifted Programs: Evidence from National Data. The Elementary School Journal, 117(3), 396-422.
  • Springer, M. G., Swain, W. A., & Rodriguez, L. A. (2016). Effective Teacher Retention Bonuses: Evidence from Tennessee. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 38(2), 199-221.
  • Grissom, J. A., Kern, E., & Rodriguez, L. A. (2015). The “Representative Bureaucracy” in Education: Educator Workforce Diversity, Policy Outputs, and Outcomes for Disadvantaged Students. Educational Researcher, 44(3), 185-192.

Programs

Educational Leadership

Prepare for leadership positions in education and policy at the community, school, district, state, and national levels.

Education Studies

Explore and understand the broader context of education and its link to social change, and the role you can play in making change possible.

Education and Social Policy

Rooted in economics and sociology, this program has a strong emphasis on using quantitative methods to ascertain causal effects of programs and policies.

Courses

Data-Driven Decision Making and Leadership

The application of conceptual & behavioral skills to the resolution of administrative problems through the utilization of simulated situations, role-playing, & case analyses.
Course #
EDLED-GE 2343
Units
3
Term
Spring
Faculty

Professors

Luis Rodriguez ,
Department

Education Policy Analysis

Students will develop an understanding of the ways in which they may inquire about policy issues relevant in their academic & professional lives.By exploring in depth a substantial body of knowledge drawn from selected cases & current theoretical issues, students will study the development of policy, the instruments used to effect policy, & some analyses of implementation.
Course #
EDLED-UE 1005
Units
3
Term
Fall
Faculty

Professors

Stella Flores , Luis Rodriguez ,
Department

Quantitative Methods in Organization and Administrative Studies I

The application of quantitative methods to organizational analysis, problem-solving, & research. Utilizes appropriate computer hardware & software technology for analyzing empirical data drawn from practical organizational & administrative settings.
Course #
AMLT-GE 3027
Units
3
Term
Fall
Faculty

Professors

Luis Rodriguez ,
Department

Research Methods in Educational Administration

Practical course designed to acquaint the student with research design & methodology in order to facilitate an understanding of research in the administration of educational organizations.Focuses on critical evaluation of research studies & comparative assessment of organizational analyses.
Course #
EDLED-GE 3001
Units
3
Term
Fall
Faculty

Professors

Luis Rodriguez ,
Department