Lindsey Hayes

Content Lead
Lindsey Hayes

Lindsey Hayes, Content Lead

Lindsey Hayes, senior researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR), works on on special education, educator evaluation, and educator preparation. At the GTL Center, Hayes guides states in creating aligned professional learning systems for educators of students with disabilities. She leads the GTL Center’s Educator Shortages in Hard-to-Staff Contexts project which helps states and districts build strong pipelines for a diverse, effective educator workforce in rural communities and in hard-to-staff subjects, such as special education.  As part of this project, Hayes is developing a teacher shortages toolkit focused on educators of students with disabilities, as well as contributing to a collaborative project with the Learning Policy Institute to develop an online, interactive teacher shortages tool. Hayes also serves as a content development lead on the  Mentoring and Induction team, overseeing the development of the Mentoring and Induction Toolkit 2.0.  

Hayes is the intensive technical assistance lead for the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center and is responsible for coordinating technical assistance activities that promote aligned teacher and leader preparation and development practices and policies in the states of Colorado and New York. She also serves as a trainer and coach for AIR’s Center on Response to Intervention (RTI). Hayes has developed and delivered professional development sessions for schools, districts, and states on topics including implementation of multi-tier systems of support, differentiated instruction, universal design for learning, and co-teaching models. Hayes previously worked as a special education coordinator for Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy. She has special education teaching experience in two public charter high schools, both in the District of Columbia. Hayes earned her M.Ed. in special education from George Mason University.