Mahsa Bakhshaei

Dr. Mahsa Bakhshaei is a Senior Research Scientist with the Learning Sciences Research team at Digital Promise where she has led innovative projects for almost four years. Before joining Digital Promise, Mahsa worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with joint affiliation between UCLA and McGill University. Her fellowship was awarded by the Quebec Fund for Research, Society and Culture (FQRSC). Mahsa’s research agenda focuses on teacher coaching, technology use in teaching and learning, and socio-educational development of children of immigrants, and she has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters on these topics. Mahsa holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Education and Educational Foundations from the University of Montreal with “Excellence” honor.

Mahsa Bakhshaei and Angela Hardy’s three year mixed-method research study on the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP), a nationwide coaching program in 163 schools across 32 districts (Bakhshaei et al., 2020a;  2019; 2018), was one of the first studies, and the most in-depth to date, to explore necessary dynamics of instructional coaching for meaningful technology use. As part of this work, they designed and delivered biannual in-person training, a number of webinars, as well as open source training modules (included as part of the Google for Education Certified Coach Curriculum) to guide administrators and coaches in reflecting on dynamic, personalized data reports and creating action plans for continuous improvement of coaching in their particular settings.


Mahsa and Angela have shared their research on teacher coaching in numerous reports, blogs, and conferences, and recently received the Outstanding Paper Award from the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) 2020 International Conference. Dedicated to translating research to non-academic audiences so it can be used by practitioners and policy makers, they also produced a research-based online coaching playbook to guide decision-makers in the step-by-step process of building, sustaining, and scaling an effective instructional coaching program.