| Dr. Tiffany Tyler is the Chief Executive Officer for Communities In Schools of Nevada, the Nevada affiliate of the nation's leading and most effective dropout prevention program. In this capacity, Dr. Tyler shepherds the mission of an affiliate providing services to nearly 68,000 students each year, in 63 schools statewide. Under Dr. Tyler's leadership, CIS of Nevada aggressively addresses the dropout rates in Nevada, where statewide, 94 students a day drop out of school, mainly due to poverty-based circumstances.
Based directly inside schools, the organization connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student's specific needs. Eighty four cents of every dollar is spent on programming directly impacting students on the cusp of graduation. In service to the organization's mission, CIS of Nevada leverages over $6.691 million dollars in programs and services (to work both with schools and the surrounding community to do whatever it takes to help kids stay in school and succeed in life. Last year, 88% of CIS case-managed students graduated on time, compared to 81% statewide. Each dollar invested in CIS creates $11.60 in economic benefit for the community.
Prior to her tenure with CIS of Nevada, Dr. Tyler served as the Chief Operations Officer for Nevada Partners, a local nonprofit committed to building healthy, sustainable communities where all residents achieve their full potential through effective education, meaningful employment, safe and affordable housing, and vibrant civic and cultural engagement. During her tenure, the organization was one of only 30 organizations recognized nationally as a model workforce development program by the White House (www.whitehouse.gov/ready-to-work).
Additionally, Dr. Tyler is a published researcher and educational consultant. She routinely provides consultation and technical assistance to state and local education entities in the areas of district and school improvement, dropout prevention, and school-community partnerships. Dr. Tyler's projects have included multisite evaluation studies, longitudinal studies, outcome evaluations, culture and equity audits, the development of an online high school for the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), and Clark County School District's Graduate Advocate Initiative.
Dr. Tyler holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in counselor education and program evaluation, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She earned a Master of Science degree in Counseling, from California State University, Northridge. Dr. Tyler also holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Southern California. Dr. Tyler's research interests include (a) dropout prevention (b) district and school reform, (c) youth development, and (d) program evaluation.