Maria E. Hyler serves as the Director of the Learning Policy Institute (LPI)’s Washington, DC office. She directs the Educator Preparation Laboratory (EdPrepLab) in partnership with Bank Street Graduate School of Education. EdPrepLab is a center on teacher and leader preparation for deeper learning and equity working to transform educator preparation through the alignment of research, practice, and policy. Prior to taking her position at LPI, Hyler served as an Assistant Professor of Teacher Preparation and Professional Development in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland, College Park. She began her career teaching 10th and 11th graders in Belmont, CA where she achieved National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2000. That same year she left her classroom to pursue her doctoral studies. Hyler received a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Stanford University, an M.Ed. with a teaching credential from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a dual degree in English and Africana Studies from Wellesley College.