Maria E. Hyler is a senior researcher and policy analyst with the Learning Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Prior to assuming this position she was an assistant professor of teacher preparation and professional development in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. She completed her doctoral studies at Stanford University in curriculum and instruction, during which time she supported the work of East Palo Alto Academy in a variety of ways. Prior to moving to California she completed a dual degree in English and Africana studies at Wellesley College and then her MEd with teaching credential at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Maria taught 10th- and 11th-graders in Belmont, California, where she achieved National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts prior to leaving the classroom to pursue her doctoral studies. Her scholarship and teaching interests include school structures that support student achievement, best practices for preparing teachers to teach diverse student populations, and preparing equity-centered teacher educators. Maria has shared her knowledge of teaching and professional development locally and internationally through various workshops, panels, and presentations.