Michelle C. Tolbert

Program Director, Adult Education


  • MEd, Educational Policy, University of Virginia, Curry School of Education
  • BA, Government and Foreign Affairs, University of Virginia.  

Michelle Tolbert oversees adult education projects focused on improving policies, programs, and resources targeting low-skill adults. She conducts qualitative research and analysis and provides technical assistance to states and programs in the areas of correctional education and reentry, transitions to postsecondary education, workforce development, community partnerships, and state and federal policy.

Ms. Tolbert's extensive experience in correctional education and reentry includes evaluating postsecondary education reentry programs, providing technical assistance to programs bridging the gap between institution- and community-based education and training programs, and developing a guidebook to support the collection and analysis of correctional education data at the national and state levels. She also has authored a broad array of guides, online tools, policy briefs, research reports, and literature reviews on correctional education, transitions to college and careers, industry recognized credentials, and community partnerships.

Ms. Tolbert has provided technical assistance to states on developing bridge and career pathway programs, integrating adult education content standards into the classroom, and developing or revising funding formulas to incorporate performance-based funding.