Simon Gonsoulin

Simon Gonsoulin is a principal research analyst at the American Institutes for Research where he serves as the Director for the National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk (NDTAC).


The mission of the training and technical assistance (TTA) center is to improve educational programming for neglected and delinquent youth.  NDTAC is funded by the U. S. Department of Education to develop a uniform evaluation model for State education agency Title 1, Part D, Subpart 1 programs,  provide technical assistance to states in order to increase capacity for data collection and their ability to use the data to improve educational programming for youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at risk, and facilitate communication and collaboration between different organizations, agencies, and other stakeholders that work with this population. 


Additionally, Mr. Gonsoulin acts as the juvenile justice resource specialist for the Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP). TAP is responsible for providing technical assistance to System of Care Communities around the country.  In this capacity he works directly with SOC Communities that have identified at -risk and juvenile justice youth as a population of focus in their grant and six year strategic plan.  SOC Communities are funded through the Substance Abuse, Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).


Finally, he is a member of the  State Training and Technical Assistance Center (SSTAC) staff and provides technical assistance to states, tribes, and local governments that receive OJJDP funding either through OJJDPís Title II Formula Grants program or its Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) program.


Prior to joining AIR, Mr. Gonsoulin was appointed to the Governorís Cabinet in Louisiana as the Deputy Secretary of the Office of Youth Development where he led the stateís juvenile justice reform efforts for four years.  As the Deputy Secretary he oversaw an annual budget of 182 million dollars and had statewide responsibilities of the newly created state agency which included secure care, probation and parole services and contracted community-based services for juvenile justice involved youth.


Bachelorís Degree:  Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; December 1977; Elementary Grades and Special Education Areas of Study

Masterís of Education Degree:  Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; August, 1981; Administration and Supervision Areas of Study