Fausto A. López, MA, is the lead for the Region 9 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) community of practice focused on rural learning settings. His past comprehensive center projects include supporting a project with Chicago Public Schools focused on teacher retention and implementation science consulting with the Iowa Department of Education.
López is a Spanish-speaking senior technical assistance consultant working on school climate, social and emotional learning, and afterschool and expanded learning initiatives at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). López works with education systems to design resources and tools that support programs in the development, implementation, and applied evaluation of youth engagement initiatives. He provides technical assistance, training, and professional development to diverse audiences in the education and out-of-school time sectors. López specializes in U.S. Department of Education Every Student Succeeds Act initiatives, such as 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, and Upward Bound.
López’s other recent projects include work with Illinois EMPOWER on social and emotional learning, multi-tier systems of support, culturally responsive teaching, and restorative practices; an equity scan with Evanston/Skokie School District; the evaluation of professional learning communities focused on SEL in California; a New York City Department of Youth and Community Development capacity-building project; the Schools Out New York City evaluation; quality improvement initiatives with Chicago Public Schools and Austin Community Schools; and data planning facilitation for various 21st CCLC state evaluations in Chicago, Texas, Ohio, Oregon, Nevada, and New Jersey.
López facilitates national, regional, and statewide educational workshops that bring the most up-to-date research to the field in exciting and relatable formats (e.g., trauma-sensitive schools). He is a nationally recognized presenter on positive youth development, SEL, trauma-informed schools, and participatory action research with youth and community stakeholders. He holds a master’s degree in education psychology-youth development from the University of Illinois at Chicago