The Frontline Research and Learning Institute is a learning organization launched in early 2016 with one mission: to provide data-driven research, resources and observations to support and advance the educational community. The Institute’s research is driven by the vast amount of data from Frontline’s many education administrative solutions.

With over 7,500 K-12 organizations and several million users, Frontline’s systems are uniquely positioned to collect an array of information that can provide invaluable insights into issues affecting the education world. To this end, the Institute is committed to providing rigorously-validated research reports and analyses for educators and education administrators. Furthermore, the Institute will provide Frontline clients with benchmarks to inform strategic decision-making within their organizations.

Our Commitment to Integrity

Maintaining the trust and confidence that clients have come to expect from Frontline Technologies is of utmost importance. All Institute publications will report only aggregate and anonymous data to protect the privacy of our clients and their stakeholders. 



Elizabeth Combs | Managing Director

Elizabeth Combs began her career as an elementary school teacher and Director of Administrative and Instructional Technology at Patchogue-Medford School District before moving to Imperial Software Systems, a professional learning services company, where she eventually served as President. She then held positions at My Learning Plan Inc. as President and Chief Strategy Officer.

Over the past two decades she has presented at many conferences throughout the United States and internationally on how school districts can best integrate technology throughout the community, and using technology to enhance professional learning. In addition, Ms. Combs has multiple publications regarding professional development for educators. Her professional affiliations include memberships with Learning Forward and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Ms. Combs holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from State University of New York at Geneseo, a Master of Arts in Technology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a professional diploma in Education Administration from Hofstra University. She also holds certifications and licenses to serve as a teacher, school administrator and supervisor.

She brings a passion for leveraging technology to support educator growth and over two decades of experience developing solutions rooted in best practices for professional development to the institute. Elizabeth understands the value and critical insights that K-12 human resources and professional growth data can provide, not only for the development of industry-leading education software solutions, but for the knowledge and empowerment of the education community as a whole.