Kim Austin is a Senior Program Associate in the Research-Practice Partnerships Program and Director of Dissemination for the Regional Educational Laboratory West. She currently manages a research-practice partnership with Washoe County School District that leverages improvement science to support literacy instruction. A qualitative researcher by training, Austin also has experience in evaluation, dissemination, producing multimedia content, and developing online professional learning. She led research, dissemination and online instruction for the i3-funded project Leading with Learning, focused on supporting English-learner instruction, and coordinated content development for the Doing What Works research-to-practice library. Austin received an MEd from Harvard University, concentrating on human development and psychology and a PhD in educational psychology from Stanford University.