Amy Mart joined the Buffett Institute in 2019 as the Institute’s director of professional learning, a new position created to fulfill an integrative role at the Institute. Mart will focus on spreading the impact of systemic approaches that reduce achievement and opportunity gaps in early learning, birth through Grade 3, synthesizing work across the Institute’s research, program, and early childhood workforce units, and disseminating this knowledge to a wide range of audiences.
Mart brings significant experience integrating research, practice, and public policy to drive large-scale changes that enhance quality and equity in education. As a researcher and consultant at the American Institutes for Research, she worked with public and private organizations nationwide to improve social and emotional learning and school climate. Mart earlier served as manager of universal supports for social and emotional learning at Chicago Public Schools, where she designed dissemination strategies and led a team of specialists to provide coaching and technical assistance, expanding use of research-based practices into more than 400 schools. In this role, she also oversaw $7 million in federally funded research projects and implemented several significant policy changes, eliminating out-of-school suspensions in PreKindergarten through Grade 2, increasing access to emotional and behavioral supports, and improving professional development for teachers and school leaders.
She was a research fellow at the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), where she helped to launch CASEL’s Collaborating Districts Initiative, which supported systematic integration of social and emotional learning in 10 large urban school districts across the nation.
Most recently, Mart worked with the Institute for several months as a consultant on the Preschool Development Grant that Nebraska received from the federal government to align state systems and equip local communities to deliver services that support children’s healthy development from birth through age 5. Mart is leading a needs assessment of the availability, access, and quality of existing early childhood services, which will guide the creation of Nebraska’s strategic plan.
Mart earned her Ph.D. in community and prevention research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received a master’s degree in human development counseling from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. in psychology from the University of Nebraska ̶ Lincoln.