Laura Cooper has worked as a teacher and administrator in urban and suburban districts in Arizona, Massachusetts, and Illinois. She helped create the Minority Student Achievement Network, a network of districts committed to eliminating achievement gaps between white students and students of color. She served on the National Research Council Committee that led to the creation of the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) that brings together researchers and practitioners to address problems of practice. Laura has presented at numerous national education conferences and has written for educational publications. Her work focuses on addressing inequities in student achievement by improving teacher preparation for working with diverse groups of students, by changing school cultures, and by building partnerships between researchers and practitioners.