Lanya McKittrick

Research Analyst

Lanya (Lane) McKittrick is a research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, where she works on projects related to special education and families. Lane completed her PhD in Special Education at the University of Northern Colorado, where she continues to teach an undergraduate course on collaboration in special education. Her primary research interest is family-school partnerships. Prior to becoming a research analyst, Lane was the Director of Operations at CRPE. She has also held multiple positions in administration at the University of Washington. Lane has an MA in Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University and a BA in Economics at the University of Washington.

Support Every Student: Lessons from Five Charter Schools on Effective Special Education During the Pandemic

In-depth case studies of five charter schools reveal lessons learned on educating students with disabilities remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finding a Great Fit: Improving the School Choice Process for Students with Disabilities

Two briefs provide a summary of the special education landscape in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., and offer recommendations for further steps that might be taken to strengthen the cities’ support...

Seizing the Opportunity: Educating Students with Disabilities in Charter Schools

This report is the first step in developing an evidence base about how charter schools meet the needs of unique learners, how they can improve in this work, and what aspects of chartering as a governance model support...

It Takes a City: How the Portfolio Strategy Can Bring Schools, Districts, and Communities Together to Transform Special Education

We convened leaders from cities around the country to explore ways that school districts can use the portfolio strategy to help cities improve education for...

Jul 2 2021

Lanya McKittrick shares CRPE's special education research in EdSurge.

Nov 22 2020

Lanya McKittrick is quoted in the Hechinger Report on school district reopening plans.

Oct 13 2020

Lanya McKittrick is quoted in The 74 on how New Orleans schools are serving students with disabilities.

Oct 3 2020

Lanya McKittrick is quoted in The Hechinger Report on remote learning for students with disabilities.

Jul 28 2021

Practitioners and leaders who support students with disabilities have an opportunity to meet the moment as schools recover from the pandemic.

Jul 23 2020

With public health concerns mounting, a growing number of school districts in our nationwide review have shifted their fall plans and are now on track to begin the year fully remote.  

Jun 23 2020

Parents we interviewed wondered what they could do this summer to compensate for the lack of social interaction.

Jun 19 2020

For schools to have effective working relationships with parents as co-teachers, they must manage the teacher-family-student triangle more closely than in the past.

Jun 18 2020

The teacher-parents we interviewed had important insights into the need to provide more clarity and support to families.