Caroline Parker, an expert in educational improvement and a distinguished scholar, leads research that advances knowledge of programs and policies that improve student outcomes. She specializes in identifying effective strategies to enhance instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. She has expertise in multiple research methodologies and statistical techniques, including survey development; secondary data analysis; descriptive and multivariate statistics; and quasi-experimental, mixed methods, and case study designs.

Parker leads the Regional English Learner Research Alliance for REL Northeast & Islands at EDC, and her research promotes improved instruction for all English learners. She is also the national lead for the cross-REL English Learner working group, which brings together English learner researchers from across the country.

For many years, Parker has co-led the STEM Learning and Research Center at EDC (STELAR). From her STELAR, REL, and other research, she has published over 40 articles and reports, including guest-editing an issue of Journal of Science Education and Technology.

Parker holds an EdD in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.