Rachele DiMeglio is a fourth year doctoral student in the Educational Policy Program. Her research interests include programs and policies associated with urban teacher preparation, recruitment, and retention. She is specifically concerned with improving teacher commitment in high-need schools. Since beginning the program, DiMeglio has worked as a researcher on projects associated with the Black-White achievement gap in suburban schools, urban teacher preparation, professional learning communities to improve educational outcomes for boys of color, and middle school literacy coaching. She has also worked as a graduate intern in the Office of Professional Preparation Services at the Michigan Department of Education and is an instructor for TE 250: Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, DiMeglio taught 8th and 4th grades in the Bay Area of California as part of Teach For America. In addition, she has worked as a summer school English teacher in Beijing, China, as well as a Corps Members Advisor (CMA) at Teach for America’s 2007 Los Angeles Institute. She holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Marketing from Michigan State University.