LSI Applied Research Center

Elevating Teaching and Learning Through Educational Research

The LSI Applied Research Center is a multidisciplinary team of researchers and expert practitioners all focused on translating the best educational research into effective strategies, programs, and interventions to elevate teaching and learning. Like you, we are driven to ensure all students receive the highest quality education possible.


When Others’ Promises Fall Short.

Have you ever experienced where a product or service sounded perfect for your school or district but fell short of what was promised? This is unfortunately a common story among district and school leaders who felt the promise of a solution they hoped for never fully materialized.

Ensuring Our Promise is Kept, and Your Goals are Achieved.

At Learning Sciences International, we created our Applied Research Center to ensure district and school leaders that engage in our services never feel this way – we always deliver on our promise through transparent goals established upfront with our clients and then in-depth partnership data reviews every 30 days to ensure monthly progress to the agreed-upon goal.


Rigor in Data Reporting. Research You Trust.

In the LSI Applied Research Center, every solution we offer is research-based with rigorous implementation that is metric-driven and confirmed by your school or district’s data. Every solution in the LSI Applied Research Center is verified through federal research standards utilizing What Works Clearinghouse research methods and protocols.

Read our Research Reports and Case Studies. Watch the videos of the transformation our partner clients experience. See the depth of our research-based offerings for school transformation, curriculum services, and external manager of turnaround schools. Our results are second to none.

Meet the LSI Applied Research Center Team

Melissa Gdowik, B.S.
Research Associate

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Amy Mattingly, M.Ed.
Senior Research Analyst

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Marguerite “Meg” Bowen, M.Ed.
Executive Director, Core Instruction and Virtual Products, Applied Research Center

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Penny Sell
Leadership Development and Schools for Rigor and Equity

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James R. Mills, M.Ed.
Executive Director, School Turnaround, Applied Research Center

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Deana Senn
Senior Director of Academic Teaming, Applied Research Center

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Melissa Bloom, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Evaluation and Strategic Partnerships, Applied Research Center

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David Tudor
Practice Leader, Schools for Rigor

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LSI – the only educational services
company with an Applied Research Center

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could help your schools.