Rebecca Bates, MEd, PMP, is the deputy director and Iowa in-state liaison for the Region 9 Comprehensive Center and a senior technical assistance consultant at the American Institutes for Research (AIR).
As a technical assistance provider for both the comprehensive center and the Comprehensive Literacy State Development grant, Bates supports meaningful collaboration with other U.S. Department of Education–funded technical assistance providers. Bates regularly collaborates with colleagues from different organizations to align support to states and participates in the National Comprehensive Center literacy workgroup. Through this collaboration, she provides an opportunity for states to connect around common needs.
Bates has been a teacher leader and technical assistance provider for more than 20 years. Prior to joining AIR, Bates taught in Illinois, Iowa, Oregon, and Alaska. Her extensive experience provides a strong foundation for understanding state, regional, and local education systems and fostering relationships with regional experts and leaders. As a project lead for the Midwest Comprehensive Center, Bates used her experience and content expertise in literacy, evidence-based practices, improving standards, and standards implementation to help state education agencies identify and address high-leverage problems. Specifically, she supported Iowa in developing and implementing a consistent process to revise college and career content standards and Minnesota in developing an online standards portal.
As a certified Project Management Professional, Bates uses her expertise to build the capacity of states to develop plans and manage projects. She uses project management processes to drive her work, ensuring that project work is completed while meeting scope, cost, and schedule expectations. Bates earned a master’s degree in reading from the University of Alaska Southeast. She attained her National Board Certification in Early Adolescence English/Language Arts while teaching in Iowa.