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About Dr. Deb Yates



School Improvement (public schools); Alternative Schools; Students At-Risk

Personal Statement

Deb Yates began teaching full time at The College of Idaho in 2003. Her scholarly interests include at-risk youth, alternative schools (including charter schools), No Child Left Behind Act, educational reform, qualitative research (especially case studies and narrative inquiry), school improvement/turnaround schools, and single-gender classrooms/schools.

Dr. Yates' research focuses on effective schools of choice, alternative education, and school improvement, and has included social science methodologies utilizing case studies, ethnographies, and portraiture. Dr. Yates has also served as a professional development facilitator for the Indiana State Department of Education, designing programs to help public educators become more effective with high-risk students of poverty. As a paid consultant, Dr. Yates has conducted program evaluations for school districts looking to restructure their high schools or to establish alternative schools.

Professional Experience

The College of Idaho, 2003-present


  • Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Boise State University.
  • M. A., Ball State University
  • B.S., Indiana State University


Turning Your School Around: A Self-Guided Audit for School Improvement (2010). Solution-Tree Publishers, co-authored with Robert D. Barr)
Welcome to Middletown: A Reality-based Program for Engaging Your Staff in Data Assessment for School Improvement. (2006) Solution-Tree Publishers