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Sarah Benz

American Institutes for Research
Sarah Benz, Ph.D. is a researcher in the Policy, Practice, and Systems Change Service Area at American Institutes for Research. She joined AIR in 2017. Dr. Benz provides technical assistance and professional development to states and school districts under the National Center on Intensive Intervention, the National Center on Systemic Improvement, and State Personnel Development Grants. Dr. Benz is also the co-principle investigator for an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) model demonstration grant that investigates middle school algebra readiness. Prior to joining AIR, Dr. Benz supported a research project that piloted a comprehensive, integrated three-tiered model of prevention and intervention. In this project, Dr. Benz collaborated with multiple elementary schools to implement multi-tiered systems of support for academics, behavior, and social/emotional learning. Dr. Benz received her doctoral degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Special Education. She has a master’s degree in Special Education from Vanderbilt University, where she completed coursework for Applied Behavioral Analysis. Dr. Benz also completed a dual major in Special Education and Early Childhood in her undergraduate studies at Cedarville University. Dr. Benz taught special education (Grades 5-8) for over six years and was a former District Level Director of Special Education.