Prek-12 Educational Evaluation

Interviewing Minors in Schools

We are Christine Crumbacher, PhD, Evaluation Specialist at Greenville County Schools in South Carolina, and Michael Sikes, PhD, independent Program Evaluator. Each of us evaluates educational programs that serve young people. Interviewing minors presents unique challenges. These include obtaining parental consent, interviewee participation, protecting participants, and collecting detailed data. Hot Tip: Know district policies concerning …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: Considering Teaching’s Future in Educational Evaluation by Leigh M. Tolley

Hi again! I’m Leigh M. Tolley, Chair of the PreK-12 Educational Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG) and Assistant Professor, Secondary Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette). As a former high school English teacher, I consider myself very fortunate to work with preservice and inservice teachers in their learning and professional development. …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: Teacher Appreciation During a Pandemic: Understanding the Changed Resources and Demands of Teachers by David Osman

Teachers’ lives have been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic. As evaluators, how can we respond to these changes and use evaluation as a tool to support them? My name is Dr. David Osman and I am the Director of Research and Evaluation in Round Rock Independent School District, a large suburban public school …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: COVID-19’s Disruptive Impact on K-12 Educational Evaluation by Carrie Wiley and Becky Dvorak

Hi there! We are Carrie Wiley and Becky Dvorak. We are senior researchers at the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO) and work on a variety of educational program and policy evaluations. While the long-term impact of the shutdown or modification of nearly all aspects of society is yet to be seen, the short-term disruption to …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: I couldn’t do it without ‘em! by Lisa M. Jones

Hey! I am Lisa Jones, a Managing Researcher with McREL International. The abrupt shift to virtual learning for PreK-12 teachers increased their reliance on one another as they adjusted from a physical to a technological classroom. Recently, an elementary school principal told us that teachers reached out to one another to make this shift work. …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: Using Free Data and Mapping Resources to Better Understand School Communities by Amanda Klein

Hello! I’m Amanda Klein, owner of Structured Solutions Educational Consulting, LLC. I help schools, districts, and related organizations tell the story of their impact on children and families. My passion comes from years of working in urban schools with students and families. I never forget that every line in a spreadsheet represents a real child …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: Learning, Evaluating, and Staying Strong Together by Leigh M. Tolley

Hello, and welcome to the PreK-12 Educational Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG)’s series of posts for Teacher Appreciation Week! My name is Leigh M. Tolley, and I am Assistant Professor, Secondary Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As TIG Chair, I invite you to explore with us educational evaluation topics from a range …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Empowering Educators to Conduct Evaluation: 3 Considerations for the Field by Sharla Berry

I’m Sharla Berry, PhD, a Fellow of the Minority Serving Institutions initiative of the American Evaluation Association and Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at California Lutheran University. Education leaders are often on the receiving end of evaluation. When government agencies or accrediting bodies make decisions about evaluation, they often fail to collect …

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MSI Fellowship Week: Developing Culturally Responsive Evaluation in Urban Education Leaders by Omari Jackson

My name is Omari Jackson, Ph.D.  I am an Assistant Professor of Urban Educational Leadership at Morgan State University and a member of the 2019 cohort of the Minority Serving Institutions initiative of the American Evaluation Association. Lesson Learned: Culturally responsive leadership is commonly discussed as a necessity in K-12 schools serving black and brown …

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CREATE Week: Assessment Equity: The Needed Shift from Standardization by Sheila Wilson

Hi evaluators, I’m Sheila Wilson, educator, school leader, adjunct professor and passionate enthusiast for amplifying learning. This is my first contribution to the AEA blog, and I am eager to speak to the need for equity with regard to the assessment of students. The call for performance assessments did not come from concerns of equal …

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