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Katina Stapleton


Education | Washington, DC

Katina Rae Stapleton is a program officer within the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role, Katina oversees research training programs, as well as research portfolios on education leadership and highly mobile students. She also provides guidance to IES on communications, including plain language, and diversity and inclusion issues. Katina has provided plain language training for federal agencies for several years and became the co-chair of the federal Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) in 2020. Katina has an undergraduate degree in print journalism from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University, where she specialized in political communication. Before joining the federal government, Katina was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Syracuse University.

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The Intersection Between Plain Language and 508 Compliance

We’ll discuss how plain language intersects with 508 compliance requirements to make federal electronic documents and information technology accessible to people with disabilities.
Apr 15, 2020

Plain Language Summit 2018

The federal Plain Language community is holding their first all-day summit in Washington D.C., and you’re invited!
Jul 20, 2018

Institute of Education Sciences – Usability Case Study

After struggling with jargon-filled solicitations and a confusing website, some applicants were ready to give up on seeking grants from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Their complaints prompted a Plain Language makeover for the Institute’s funding materials. As the research arm of the U.S. Education Department, IES’s mission is to provide rigorous and relevant evidence
Nov 14, 2014