Ellina Xiong

Research Associate

1954 Buford Avenue, Suite 425
St. Paul, MN 55108-1062

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Ellina Xiong


Ellina Xiong joined the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement in 2019 as a research associate. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of MN in the Department of Educational Psychology in the Special Education Program and administrative license in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development. Prior to joining CAREI, Ellina worked as a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) data specialist, advanced learner parent educator, and school psychologist for Minneapolis Public Schools. She was also an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) fellow, specializing in MTSS implementation. At CAREI, Ellina supports Statewide Services and professional learning opportunities.

Selected Presentations

  1. Xiong, E.Z. (2019). Data Literacy for Equity: Layering questioning lenses for more comprehensive data-based solutions. Oral presentation at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

    Xiong, E.Z. & Henery, Rob. (2018). A roadmap for MTSS implementation in schools. Poster presentation at Office of Special Education Program Director’s Conference, Arlington, VA.

    Missal, K., McConnell, S., Nanda, S., & Xiong, E.Z. (2018). Developing a prosocial teacher rating scale for universal screening in preschool and kindergarten. Poster presentation at Conference on Research Innovations in Early Intervention, San Diego, CA.

    Xiong, E.Z. (2017, 2018). Data Literacy Series for MTSS School Psychologists. Lead Presenter for Minneapolis Public School District school psychologist data series in-service, Minneapolis, MN.