Shannon Macalingay

Shannon Macalingay

Research Assistant

Shannon Macalingay is a Research Assistant at NIOST.

Before coming to Wellesley, she provided direct services and programming to children and adolescents in Lawrence and her hometown, Lowell. Shannon was an English and Journalism major at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Shannon's studies revolved around Critical Race Theory and rhetoric, and application to the education system. Shannon conducted research on student racial, lingual, and socioeconomic status and association with participation in junior-year writing classes. Following graduation, Shannon became a School-Age Teacher at an afterschool program in Lawrence and then joined MassHire Lowell Young Adult Career Center. With her lived experiences in Lowell’s community and working with youth who face multiple barriers such as low-income status, housing and food insecurity, homelessness, gang and court-related issues, she strives to support youth in their journey to succeed in their education and careers.


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    "NIOST has been an anchor for numerous school age care projects we do, including ASQ (After-School Quality) and Links to Learning. They are a nationally respected organization that Pennsylvania has partnered with for over 20 years."

    – Betsy O. Saatman, TA Specialist/SAC Initiatives, Pennsylvania Key

    "NIOST was a core partner in supporting the development of quality improvement systems across the nine cities that participated in The Wallace Foundation Next Generation Afterschool System-Building Initiative. The NIOST team worked well with other technical assistance partners in the initiative, always willing to pitch in and collaborate with others to make our professional learning community meetings a team effort. I truly hope the Foundation has an opportunity to partner with them in the future."

    – Priscilla M. Little, Initiative Manager, The Wallace Foundation


    "NIOST has been a leader in the out-of-school time field for as long as I can remember, and I have relied on their research, tools, and advice to improve my practice throughout my career. Their staff members are good partners and good listeners, and their influence across the country is palpable."

    – Jane Quinn, Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society

    "Georgia Hall, Ellen Gannett, and the NIOST team have been instrumental in driving the healthy afterschool movement. Their dedication to quality practice, informed policy, and collective impact is instrumental in our effort to create healthier communities."

    – Daniel W. Hatcher, Director, Community Partnerships, Alliance for a Healthier Generation

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