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Who We Are: Darcy Pietryka, MEd

Educator Effectiveness Lead
Darcy Pietryka

"All children should have access to the educational resources and opportunities they need when they need them."


About Darcy Pietryka


Darcy leads projects in the area of educator effectiveness, the Region 14 Comprehensive Center’s largest portfolio of work. She provides technical assistance to support innovative and evidence-based approaches to project implementation, continuous improvement, sustainability, and dissemination. With a focus on diversity, equity, and learner-ready teaching, Darcy works to break down barriers to education for students and those who work with students.

She has over 20 years of experience in K-16 education research and policy studies, and has nurtured lasting partnerships that connect her with the greater education landscape. Darcy oversees the development of wide-ranging services, products, and resources for our clients.


Career Highlights

  • At the Region 14 Comprehensive Center, Darcy works with state education agencies to recruit, retain, and reward effective educators in the classroom at high-needs campuses to increase the supply of qualified teachers to serve diverse student populations and to prepare aspiring principals to be successful school leaders.  
  • For over two decades, Darcy has supported the U.S. Department of Education's (ED’s) Teacher Quality (Title II, Part A) program, working closely with states and Educator Preparation Programs (EPPs). She also supported ED’s Higher Education Act, working with EPPs to collect program data to continuously improve and remain accountable. 
  • In her roles as Project Director and Deputy Project Director for consecutive Education Innovation and Research (EIR)/Investing in Innovation (i3) technical assistance (TA) and dissemination contracts, she led all TA activities including needs sensing, targeted planning and implementation, and communities of practice. She worked directly with grantees, connecting them with others across the nation.

Areas of Expertise

  • Project Management

  • Technical Assistance

  • Grants and Grantee Management

  • Data Collection and Analysis

  • Communication

  • Product Development


  • MEd, Prevention Science and Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education

  • BA, Government and Politics; Education, University of Maryland

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