Meet Our Team

RMC Research opened their New York City office under the leadership of Mr. Lawrence Hirsch in 2005. The site, conveniently located directly across the street from Grand Central Station, has over 5000 square feet, including modern meeting rooms and conference facilities. As in all of RMC’s offices, the New York Office meets or exceeds all current standards for technology, including teleconference and video-conference capabilities.

The New York office is staffed with research assistants, research associates, senior research associates, consultants, college interns and office support staff who have experience and expertise in a wide range of areas. The team provides an array of services to institutions and organizations needing high quality technical assistance, professional development, research and evaluation, and support. Our work while concentrated in New York City and the Northeast region also extends across the United States.

 

Larry Hirsch
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Larry Hirsch

Vice President at RMC Research/Director of the New York office
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Larry Hirsch is a Vice President at RMC Research and the Director of the New York office. He has been with RMC Research since 2005. He was a Senior Research Associate at the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education at the NYU Steinhardt School of Education prior to RMC. He additionally served as the Project Director for the New York Technical Assistance Center School Leadership Program at the Metro Center.

With over 40 years of experience in public education in New York State, Larry has been cited as an exemplary educator and school principal in both New York City and Westchester County by former New York City Chancellor Rudy Crew and former New York State Education Commissioner Richard Mills. He has served on panels with the New York State Commissioner of Education on Learning Standards and with the New York State Assembly’s Task Force on Education Standards. He additionally was a member of the Commissioner’s Middle School Reform Advisory Group and has made numerous presentations for the New York State Education Department on Learning Standards, Middle School Reform, School Reform, and School Leadership.

Larry has a Master of Arts degree in Education and holds permanent certification in New York State in School Administration and Supervision as well as School District Administration. Larry also is permanently certified as a NYS School Psychologist and holds certification from the New York City Department of Education as Elementary Principal, Middle/Junior High School Principal and Principal of the Day High Schools.

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  • Areas of interest and expertise include high quality leadership development and retention, equity in access to educational opportunities, closing the achievement gap, family engagement and school turnaround.
  • Citation conferred from former NYS Governor George Pataki for his longstanding commitment to the state’s educational system and for placing the needs of our children as his top priority, embodied by a total commitment to high academic standards and achievement for all students.

Current Projects

As the Office Director, Larry provides oversight, implements quality assurance measures, and provides consultative and professional development services for all RMC projects and contracts emanating from the New York Office. Current contracts in which he has a major leadership role are the:

Northeast Comprehensive Center - Co-Director

New York City Department of Education Peer Observation and Evaluation Program - Project Director

Bridgeport Public Schools Online - Principal Investigator

Anushka Shirali
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Anushka Shirali

Research Associate
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Anushka Shirali is a Research Associate at RMC Research and her background is in bringing technology and education together in meaningful ways. She has always focused on identifying strategies that meet the needs of various stakeholder groups whether they are early learners or adult practitioners. Paul is the Regional Innovations in Learning Team Lead as part of a technical assistance center - The Northeast Comprehensive Center (NCC) a federally funded technical assistance center for state education agencies (SEAs) in the Northeast.

Some of her current projects include, the design and implementation of the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Learning Lab - an online professional development site being developed by New York State Education Department (NYSED) to support the understanding of the DTSDE, which will be open to school and district staff across New York State. To learn more about the rubric and the upcoming Lab, please visit: P-12 Education

Paul is also working on the design and supporting the development of an Open Educational Resources(OER) statewide virtual learning course repository for New York State. This repository, in its initial phase, will host the courses developed under the Virtual Advanced Placement® (VAP) Program grant. Utilized in VAP is the Tri-State Virtual Learning Program Rubric, which Paul, her team, and the Center on Innovations in Learning lead the development of to enhance the capacity of state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) in the Northeast employing virtual learning programs. Currently the rubric has been posted to the websites of the Massachusetts Office of Digital Learning, the Rhode Island Department of Education and NYSED. For more information, please visit :VLPRubric

Paul is a graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education with an ED.M in Technology and Innovation in Education. She has also previously worked on the ScratchEd project at the MIT Media Lab. She completed her undergraduate studies in India and has several years of work experience in the area of content development for educational products.

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  • Developed a passion for the role of technology in education while working for non-profit organizations in India utilized technology to provide access to education.
  • Designs and implements project designs for several online learning communities.
  • Managed the development of multiple online courses for adult learners in a fast paced development cycle

Current Projects

Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Learning Lab, New York State Education Department:

  • implementing the client's vision, working with Subject Matter Experts who are providing content, supporting participants, providing scalability and sustainability plans.

Virtual Advanced Placement Central Course Repository, New York State Education Department:

  • Developing the wireframe for the repository, coordinating the course collection, supporting the NYSED review process, acting as the liaison to foster relations between NYSED and other state education departments who have similar statewide repositories.

Virtual Learning Program Rubric, New York State Education Department:

  • Development of structures and tools to provide sustained support for professional development for school librarians, New York State Education Department: vision and design strategy for an online searchable database on the EngageNY platform that will host a collection of publications, case studies and videos of best school library collaborative practice to inform educators.

Exemplary School Library Media Program webpage, New York State Education Department:

  • vision and project design, coordinating synchronous and asynchronous sessions with a working group that will curate resources

Online Credit Recovery in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

  • Review of the informational brief

Teaching and Developing Online High School Courses - Fundamentals, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

  • Co-authored a year long professional development course for Massachusetts high school teachers.

Case Studies on the use of SketchUp Pro, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

  • project design and review of the report.

Multimedia Report on High School Student Technology Support Teams, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

  • project design and review of the report.

NCC Internal Technology Training Lead:

  • development of the yearly technology training plan, design of the technology training sessions, collection and analysis of staff feedback on training sessions

Joshua D'Ambrosio
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Joshua D'Ambrosio

Research Assistant
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Joshua D'Ambrosio is a Research Assistant at RMC Research - New York. His work focuses on educational technology and professional development strategies. He has experience in coordinating with state, district, and school officials; qualitative data collection and analyses, and providing technical assistance services.

Much of D’Ambrosio’s recent work has focused on preparing an informational brief on educational technology funding support across the country in order to assist the New York State Education Department (NYSED) in their roll out of the Smart Schools Bond Act. This work included coordinating with state education agencies and districts to collect data, analyze, and present it in an efficient manner. He has also assisted in the development of NYSculturalEd.org, New York’s official website for cultural education that aligns with the common core standards. Other work includes: state reviews and analysis on student data privacy policies, case studies for online credit recovery options in Massachusetts, and assisting in the development of NYSED’s virtual AP course repository.

D’Ambrosio recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hunter College in New York City with a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Studies. Prior to attending Hunter College, he was an Urban Affairs major at Virginia Tech.



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  • Developed his passion for education policy and urban education while attending Virginia Tech.


  • Began career at RMC-Research as an Education Policy and Programs Intern and gained expertise in qualitative data collection and analyses.


  • His interests focus around educational technology implementation and distance learning opportunities. He is especially interested in integrating cutting edge technologies into classrooms in order to prepare students for college and careers.


Current Projects



Student Technology Support in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

  • Compiling data and artifacts, coordinating with state officials. .


New York State Career Zone Informational Video Series, New York State Education Department in partnership with New York State Department of Labor:

  • Evaluation of effectiveness and efficiency of video series.


New York State NYSCulturalED.org, New York State Education Department:

  • Development of content for website, dissemination, website development


Nido:

  • Co-developing project concept and work plan for development of site


Azzerraya Love
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Azzerraya Love

Executive Assistant/Office Manager
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Azzerraya Love is the Executive Assistant/Office Manager at RMC Research New York. She serves as the primary point of contact and maintains the day to day logistics for the New York office. She is also responsible for administrative duties, calendar management, coordination of travel arrangements and facilitation of meeting arrangements.

Love acts as the Human Resources liaison between other RMC Research Offices, assisting with various HR and payroll related functions to maintaining RMC Research NY’s human resources needs. She also serves as the Internship Coordinator, recruiting, screening, preparing, and supervising prospective interns participating in each internship school term. With her knowledge and expertise in graphic design, Love provides graphic designs, digital content and marketing materials for various RMC projects.

Love is a graduate of New York University with a B.A. in Political Science.



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  • Areas of interest in education include Educational Technology and Educator Effectiveness.


  • Developed invaluable experience designing graphics and marketing materials with an education field focus.


  • As an Administrative Assistant expanded knowledge on creating digital content with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Mailchimp and Camtasia.


Current Projects



Peer Intervention- Plus Program(PIP+), New York City Department of Education partnership with the United Federation of Teachers:

  • Assisted in providing training i.e professional development and technical support for Peer Observers working with unsatisfactory tenured teachers. Acting as a liaison between Principals, Teachers, Peer Observers and Teacher Performance Unit Attorneys.

    Northeast Comprehensive Center

    • Acts as a liaison between senior-level members of the Northeast Regional Comprehensive Center. Responsibilities include include providing administrative assistance and logistical support.


    Nido

    • Assists with creative development of marketing materials.

Monique C. Morgan
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Monique C. Morgan

Research Associate
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Monique C. Morgan is a Research Associate at RMC Research-New York. She has broad experience with reporting and dissemination activities; coordinating with federal, state, district, and school officials; qualitative data collection and analysis; evaluation design and implementation; and conceptual framework/design and delivery of professional development.

Currently she is spearheading a systematic approach to conceptualize and develop 7 videos to promote the features of New York State Department of Labor’s CareerZone. Furthermore, to ensure the videos are efficient and effective in stakeholder knowledge and skill in using the online career exploration and planning tool she is facilitating the development of an evaluation design with New York State Education Department (NYSED) in partnership with New York State Department of Labor (DOL). She is also one of the Project Director’s for an anticipated parent engagement website that will provide parents/guardians with various resources to foster growth in both social­ emotional and academic learning for children. Contributions to other work include qualitative data collection and analysis on: proficiency-based systems to assist Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) in their state-wide implementation; equity and access to technology for early learners; and Bridgeport Public School’s 9th Grade Summer Academy.

Morgan is a 2012 graduate of Howard University, B.A. in Political Science and African Studies, and a 2014 graduate of New York University, M.A. in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy.



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  • Developed passion for education policy and reform by serving as a mentor in undergrad and participating in a student advocacy group for youth.


  • Began career at RMC-Research as an Education Policy and Programs Intern and gained expertise in qualitative data collection and analysis.


  • Areas of interest in education include the opportunity gap, parent and community engagement, and equity issues in the education system for socioeconomically disadvantaged students


Current Projects



New York State CareerZone Informational Video Series, New York State Education Department in partnership with New York State Department of Labor:

  • Developed initial work plan, project management, and evaluation design.


Best Practices in Proficiency-Based Learning, Rhode Island Department of Education:

  • Co-facilitated development of work plan, conducted qualitative data collection and analysis, and produced informational brief.


Nido:

  • Co-developing project concept and work plan for development of site.


Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Learning Lab, New York State Education Department:

  • Managing online platform, technical assistance to participants.


Technology Point Persons (TPPs) Professional Development, Rhode Island Department of Education and the Rhode Island Adult Education Professional Center:

  • Design of blended professional development, managing online platform, co-facilitating professional development delivery.


Online Credit Recovery in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

  • Overseeing content development.
Jack Schwarz
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Jack Schwarz

Research Associate
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Jack Schwarz is a Research Associate at RMC Research and has over eight years of experience as a thought partner and policy analyst regarding the design, implementation, and evaluation of state and local policy, particularly concerning school and district accountability and support. He has extensive experience around the design and delivery of professional development for diverse audiences at the state and local level, including families, students, educators, and policy makers. He also possesses strong research and writing skills, particularly for general audiences.

Schwarz is currently the New York state liaison and New York turnaround team project lead for the Northeast Comprehensive Center, a federally funded technical assistance center for state education agencies (SEAs) in the Northeast. Schwarz recently supported New York with the design of a new single diagnostic tool for schools and districts, including the creation of professional development opportunities for the field. Schwarz demonstrated practical field experience at the Center for Law and Education in Boston where, as school site coordinator, he provided technical assistance to chronically underperforming schools and designed and delivered school improvement materials and workshops for diverse audiences including families, students, educators, and district personnel.

Schwarz received his Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he concentrated on federal, state, and local policy in addition to program evaluation and applied data analysis.



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  • Enjoys volunteering with youth, including a bike maintenance program for high school students.


  • Designed and facilitated a breakout session for state leaders on using grant renewal to improve performance at US Department of Education symposium for SIG directors.


  • Primary interest is serving as a thought partner for the design of systems to support chronically underperforming schools and districts.


Current Projects



ESEA Flexibility Waiver, New York State Education Department:

  • Provided research and policy briefs to inform accountability provisions of New York ESEA Flexibility Waiver request.


Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE), New York State Education Department:

  • Participated in the development of the DTSDE through stakeholder work sessions, providing feedback regarding the development of guiding principles that would form the basis of the new DTSDE rubric.


Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Certification Program, New York State Education Department:

  • Thought partner regarding the design and implementation of a program targeted and building the capacity of district leaders around the DTSDE process.