Dr. Lori Delale-O’Connor is an assistant professor of urban education at the University of Pittsburgh. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University where she was a certificate fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences—a pre-doctoral training program funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. Dr. Delale-O'Connor also holds an M.Ed. in secondary education from Boston College where she was a Donovan Urban Scholar and taught secondary social studies in the Boston Public Schools. Dr. Delale-O'Connor's work has received support from the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Her scholarly research has appeared in publications including Teachers College Record, Equity and Excellence in Education, Education and Urban Society, and Theory into Practice. Dr. Delale-O’Connor teaches courses to undergraduate and graduate students planning to become teachers in urban schools, as well as to students who want to work in and with urban schools in other ways, including out-of-school time and policy. In addition, she has taught courses on the social contexts of education, as well as the history of and current practice in education reform. Her current teaching, research, and policy interests focus on the social contexts of education with a focus on caregiver and community engagement. Dr. Delale-O’Connor previously worked as an evaluator to both in and out-of-school time programs.