Dr. Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann is the Executive Director and Chief Scientist at EdTogether, a not-for-profit research and development organization focused on fostering sustained change towards the meaningful inclusion of youth with disabilities in education. Over her career she has developed a strong program of research and development that reimagines the design of education to support and empower youth with disabilities in learning.
Dr. Rappolt-Schlichtmann brings expertise in the developmental neuroscience of learning disability, and the relationship between emotion and cognition in learning. She is currently doing research to better understand the emotional experiences of youth with disabilities within eduction and developing solutions that reimagine school climate so as to be more inclusive and supportive of all students. Her work is anchored by a commitment to bringing evidence-based solutions from the learning sciences to practical implementation at scale.
Dr. Rappolt-Schlichtmann’s work has been supported through funding from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, the Oak Foundation, and others. Her research has been published in many refereed journals, and she is a co-editor of A Research Reader in Universal Design for Learning (Harvard Education Press, 2012).
As a leader, Dr. Rappolt-Schlichtmann invites curious, diverse people to the table, creates the conditions for creativity, and inspires learning that echoes for the self, the group, and others. She is an applied education scientist by training, but her experience as a person with dyslexia has made her keenly aware of the unique strengths and perspective disability can afford. She believes the best way to transform education is to do it in partnership with vulnerable youth and their teachers, with evidence and by design.
Dr. Rappolt-Schlichtmann is often invited to speak nationally and internationally with recent engagements including: Dyslexia Day on Capitol Hill and testimony at the Aspen Institute’s Senior Congressional Education Staff Retreat, “New Directions in Educational Innovation and Implications for Federal Policy.” She currently an adjunct lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she teaches the course “Emotion in Learning.”