Cassia Caruth is a Research Associate at the Annenberg Institute. As a part of the Rhode Island Local Impact Team, her work focuses on initiatives to support curriculum-based professional learning and newcomer immigrant students. Her research interests include academic motivation, teacher turnover, and family, school, and community partnerships. Prior to joining Annenberg, she worked as a Research Assistant at Making Caring Common, where she evaluated strategies to foster children’s moral and ethical development through parental support. She holds a B.A. in Linguistics from Duke University and an Ed.M. in Human Development and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.