Prek-12 Educational Evaluation

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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AaEA Week: Utilizing Culturally Responsive Evaluation for Education by Olivia Halls, Shanice Bennerson, and Shanesha Brooks-Tatum

Hello! We are Olivia Halls, Shanice Bennerson, and Shanesha Brooks-Tatum representing Creative Research Solutions, an evaluation firm in metro Atlanta, and the Atlanta-Area Evaluation Association. Reflecting upon our projects related to secondary and post-secondary education, a common thread is apparent: approaching evaluations holistically plays a critical role in supporting academic success for marginalized groups.  Various …

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Teachers Are Important Participants in Student-centered Interventions, Not Just Inputs by Bryan Hall and Danielle Fontaine

Hello AEA365! We are Bryan Hall, senior director of evaluation, and Danielle Fontaine, senior manager of evaluation at BellXcel (formerly BELL, Building Educated Leaders for Life). BellXcel offers solutions for under-resourced communities to create evidence-based summer and afterschool learning programs that address the opportunity and achievement gaps. Historically, the focus of our internal program evaluation approach …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: The Program Evaluation Standards – Not Just for the Bookshelf… by Thanos Patelis and Emily Dickinson

Greetings from Thanos Patelis and Emily Dickinson! We are researchers at the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), a non-profit research organization. We are happy to talk about a favorite Rad Resource of ours—The Program Evaluation Standards. Every time we undertake a new project, we are reminded of the multiple demands that come with an evaluation. …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: Self-care for Leaders by Tiffany Squires

Hello! I’m Tiffany Squires, and I am a member of the faculty in Educational Leadership for Penn State University. I study high quality leadership practice and apply it to developing aspiring school leaders for practice. It’s widely accepted and understood, by those of us working as professional in schools, that the principal’s role is as …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: The Parallels Between Evaluation Methods and Blank’s Lean Startup Methods by Cathy Callow-Heusser

Hello! I’m Cathy Callow-Heusser. Although I started my career as a software engineer, I’ve been an evaluator for nearly 30 years, working in academia, industry, and as an independent evaluator. I am also a math educator and early literacy specialist. Two years ago, I co-founded a company to develop software solutions for education. In January, …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: Take this model and replicate it! by Leigh M. Tolley, Melanie Harrington, and Brady McKellar

Hello! We’re Leigh M. Tolley, Assistant Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette), Melanie Harrington, Education Coordinator at Vermilionville, and Brady McKellar, Director of Museum Operations at Vermilionville, and we’re very excited to share the Vermilionville Education Enrichment Partnership (VEEP) with you! VEEP, founded in 2012 on research and best practices, is …

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Ed Eval TIG Week: A Community Approach for Informing and Advancing Educational Evaluation by Carrie Wiley

Hi there! I’m Carrie Wiley, current chair of the PreK-12 Educational Evaluation TIG and senior researcher at the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO). In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we are sharing tips and insights learned from the various research and evaluation settings in PreK-12 education. Our TIG’s mission is to raise the quality of …

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DVR TIG Week: Meet Them Where They Are: Adjusting Data Visualization to Resonate with K–12 Evaluation Stakeholders by Rachel L. Schechter

My name is  Rachel Schechter, Director of Research at Lexia Learning Systems LLC, A Rosetta Stone company. At Lexia, our mission is to improve student literacy by leveraging technology to personalize learning and simplify the use of data to drive instruction. The research team at Lexia is committed to evaluating the efficacy and validity of …

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