Robyn Madison-Harris
Program Associate

Photo of Robyn  Madison-HarrisRobyn Madison-Harris is a Program Associate with SEDL's Education Systems Support (ESS) program. Dr. Madison-Harris works with SEDL's Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC). She plans and delivers technical assistance and professional development to the states served by the SECC as well as assisting them with school improvement and turnaround efforts. Dr. Madison also serves as the SECC liaison to the College and Career Readiness and Success Center. Her other responsibilities include assisting SECC clients with educational leadership development, leadership program review, accreditation rubric development, Statewide System of Support work, policy development, school improvement process revision, college and career preparedness, and Common Core State Standards alignment studies and pedagogical tutorial videos.

Contact Information
You may contact Robyn Madison-Harris at 225-751-8770

or by using SEDL's contact form.

Areas of Expertise
Dr. Madison-Harris’s interests include accountability, assessment, leadership, and school improvement. Her doctoral work focused on the causes of employment attrition and retention in a state education agency.
  • Assessment and Accountability: Dr. Madison-Harris has more than 5 years of experience working with state and other education agencies to develop policy, training materials, and calculation tools related to accountability requirements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. She has also worked as a research analyst, focusing on policy analysis and all types of accountability data (e.g., assessment, attendance, dropout, graduation, industry-based certification, diploma, career/academic diploma endorsement, GED, skills certificate). In addition, she has served as a school and district assessment coordinator. 
  • Leadership: Dr. Madison-Harris has done extensive organizational leadership research, which she has applied in her work leading organizational reform efforts. She also has provided academic component leadership in a state-operated school district and alternative education leadership at the Baton Rouge Marine Institute for adjudicated adolescents in Louisiana.
  • Turning Around Schools: Dr. Madison-Harris has worked with state education agencies, school districts, and schools on school improvement planning, process revision, and execution. She also has provided consultation for data-driven school reform.

Prior to joining SEDL, Dr. Madison-Harris served as an education program consultant for the Louisiana Department of Education, where she developed policy, training materials, and tools related to assessment, accountability, and school turnarounds. She supervised the academic component in a state-operated school district and served at the school-level as the director of academic services for the Baton Rouge Marine Institute for adjudicated adolescents in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition, Dr. Madison-Harris was a high school teacher for 6 years and taught English, African American literature and history, and publications.

Dr. Madison-Harris holds a bachelor of science in secondary education and a master of education in administration and supervision from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a doctorate of education in organizational leadership with an educational leadership specialization from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida.

SEDL Publications

Selected External Publications
  • Madison-Harris, R. (2008). Causes of employment attrition and retention in a state education agency. Doctoral dissertation. Available from Dissertation Abstracts International (UMI No. AAT 3298790).
Selected Presentations
  • Crain-Dorough, M., & Madison-Harris, R. (2008, March). The evolution of accountability reporting: Lessons learned over nine years by a state education agency. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2008 Annual Meeting, New York, NY.
  • Madison-Harris, R. (2003–2008). Series of statewide and nationwide presentations on the Louisiana accountability system.