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Washington, DC Coordinators

Dahlia Shaewitz (EPFP 09-10)

Vice President, Disability & Employment
Institute for Educational Leadership
4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 822-8405

Dahlia Shaewitz joined IEL in January 2019 to lead the disability and employment portfolio of training, technical assistance, policy, research and development with the goal of improving employment and related outcomes for people with disabilities. In this age of disability rights, powerful youth and adults with disabilities are creating their futures, and Ms. Shaewitz works to support this movement through collaborations that lead to high quality results.

Prior to joining IEL, Ms. Shaewitz led the Disability and Rehabilitation Practice Area at the American Institutes for Research to improve competitive employment outcomes for qualified adults with disabilities. She led knowledge translation activities to support researchers and practitioners to identify and use innovative strategies to improve the provision and effective use of health care services. Ms. Shaewitz led training for adults with disabilities and qualitative research and evaluation to measure the results of those efforts. She has worked with vocational rehabilitation agencies to evaluate strategies to improve employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities; universities to develop in-person and online training for researchers, practitioners, and people with disabilities; private corporations to build greater awareness of the value of hiring people with disabilities; and other stakeholders to create a climate of full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of work including design, development, and implementation of products and processes.

Since 2012 Dahlia has also served as co-Coordinator of IEL’s Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP). In this role, she coordinates a 10-month professional development program in public policy to support emerging leaders in education and related fields to acquire new perspectives and skills needed to function effectively in the increasingly complex, political, and changing environment of local, state, and national education. She has also supported EPFP in developing strategic plans, annual evaluation reports, a logic model, and data review and monitoring of the national program.

Ms. Shaewitz holds a master’s in Diplomacy from Norwich University and a master’s in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. She is fluent in ASL and hails from a Deaf family. Dahlia is married to Jean-Paul Petit and they reside in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

Jennifer R. Crandall, Ph.D. (EPFP 15-16)


Senior Research Analyst

Learning and Engagement

American Council on Education

One Dupont Circle NW

Washington, DC 20036

(202) 939-9439 (o)

(303) 521-0081 (c)



Jennifer R. Crandall is a senior researcher at the American Council on Education (ACE) where she leads content creation for a peer-to-peer learning platform for higher education executives and manages research projects on issues such as diversity and equity, transformational leadership in higher education, and innovation in education delivery. Prior to joining ACE, Crandall managed a Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant at The George Washington University and served as a U.S. Department of State grantee working with higher education institutions and teacher associations in Russia and India. In addition to consulting on domestic projects around pedagogy and diversity in education, she is on the editorial board for the Journal of Women and Gender in Higher Education and has taught in the United States, South Korea, Nepal, and the Slovak Republic. Crandall is an alumna of the 2015-2016 DC Education Policy Fellowship Program and holds a PhD in Administrative and Policy Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.

Rona Frederick (EPFP 18-19)

Associate Professor of Education

The Catholic University of America

231 O’Boyle Hall

620 Michigan ave.

Washington, DC 20064

(202) 258.4102


Rona M. Frederick is an Associate Professor of Education at The Catholic University of America.  She is an educator who has spent over 20 years educating practitioners about issues of diversity and putting theory into action. Her teaching and research focus on issues of equity, elementary education, critical race theory, culturally responsive teaching, and urban education.  She has also written over a dozen articles on culturally responsive practice and exemplary teaching for children and families of African and LatinX descent. She also works as coach for parents supporting their efforts to foster culturally affirming spaces for their culturally and academically diverse families.   She has more than 25 years of teaching experience, including middle and high school, as well as undergraduate and graduate level courses. She has also served as a member of the founding group for both The Thakaneng Collective located in Ithaca, New York, and Nia Community Public Charter School.  Dr. Frederick is an alumna of the 2018-2019 DC Education Policy Fellowship Program.   She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Hampton University, an M.P.S. in Africana Studies from Cornell University, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on teacher education and equity from the University of Maryland, College Park.


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