Eliza Fabillar works to enhance student learning in secondary schools through a focus on improving teachers’ and administrators’ professional practice. For two decades, she has partnered with schools and districts nationwide on curricular, instructional, and school reform initiatives that address educational equity.

During her career at EDC, Fabillar’s efforts to build a culture of continuous improvement and systems change in school districts have yielded positive results in multiple communities, from Fort Worth, Texas, to Burlington, Vermont. She designs and facilitates face-to-face and online professional development activities that focus on empowering teachers to improve instructional practice. Fabillar has led the development of high school curricula, including EDC’s Law and Justice and Digital Media Arts, which prepare students to succeed in college and careers. She brings to her work a wealth of experience helping educators and leaders bridge research and practice for transformational change. 

Fabillar received a BA from City University of New York and an MA in cultural anthropology and education from Columbia University.


District Level Systems Change
Preparing All Learners

Speaking Highlights

Youth Empowerment: Using the Law and Justice Curriculum as a Tool to Build Student Civic Engagement

Panel presentation, Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference
Washington, DC
March 2015

Revisiting the Core Elements of Our Capacity Building Framework for Scaling School Reforms: Lessons from the Field

Panel presentation, University Council for Educational Administration
Washington, DC
November 2014

Teaching and Assessing 21st Century Skills: Preparing Students for Success in Postsecondary Education, the Workplace, and the Global Community

Presentation, American Educational Research Association Annual Conference
San Diego, CA
April 2009

Selected Publications

Fabillar, E. (2015) Summary of a literature review on implementation science, systems change, and continuous improvement. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.

King, C. L., Fabillar, E., Haferd, T., Avery, M.P., & Fuxman, S. (2013). Designing innovations for implementation at scale: An emerging framework for increasing system capacity. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.

Fabillar, E. (2013, November). Disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline [Book review]. Retrieved from http://clcjbooks.rutgers.edu/books/disrupting-the-school-to-prison-pipeline/

Fabillar, E. (2010). Key features of professional development. Newton, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.

Selected Resources


EDC’s systemic equity review framework helps education leaders take a deeper look at inequities in order to understand the complex systems that affect student performance. While equity audits have historically played a role in curriculum assessments and state accountability systems, achievement gaps by race and class persist in U.S. public schools.