Prek-12 Educational Evaluation

Marijata Daniel-Echols on Working With Program Partners

My name is Marijata Daniel-Echols. I am Director of Research at the HighScope Educational Research Foundation. HighScope is best known for our work in preschool curriculum development and for the Perry Preschool Study. Our Research Department conducts evaluations of early childhood programs (e.g. state funded preschool initiatives) and general research on early childhood theory and …

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Andrea Velasquez on Using the TPACK Framework for Evaluating Tech-Mediated Instruction

My name is Andrea Velasquez, and I am a doctoral student at Brigham Young University. For the last four years, I have been an instructor of an undergraduate class that teaches pre-service teachers how to use technology effectively in elementary and secondary education settings. One of the principal frameworks that we use to teach pre-service …

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Debra Thrower on Working with Low-income Families

My name is Debra Thrower, and I am a social worker and a former university administrator. I have served as the Project Director for federally funded, community and faith-based after-school programs. Additionally, I have external evaluation experience, as well as meta-evaluation experience.  I would like to share what I have learned and monitored over a …

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Sarah Hug on Evaluating STEM Pipeline Programs

My name is Sarah Hug and I am a Research Associate with the Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I am going to give a few tips regarding “pipeline evaluation” for programs aimed at increasing enrollment and diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Pipeline …

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Susan Menkes on Constructing Developmentally Sensitive Questions

My name is Susan Menkes, and I’m an Applied Developmental Psychology doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) and received my Masters in Evaluation from CGU, as well.  My work has focused on applying developmental research to understand effective interview strategies with younger children when evaluating programs serving children and youth.  Below are some tips …

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Ted Dwyer on Responding to FERPA for Evaluators

My name is Ted Dwyer and I’m the Manager of Evaluations in Hillsborough County Public Schools. I have worked in multiple school districts and have served as the reviewer of external research projects in several districts. Today, I would like to share some of what I have learned and observed about FERPA and some thoughts …

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William Moore on Creating the Foundation for a Data-Driven Culture in Organizations

Hello, I’m William Moore and I am the Director of Research and Measurement at the Institute for Research and Reform in Education (www.irre.org).  IRRE partners with schools, districts, and states to transform public schools into more engaging, rigorous, and caring places for students to learn and teachers to teach. My colleagues and I have spent …

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Scott Cody on the What Works Clearinghouse

Hello, my name is Scott Cody and I’m Deputy Director of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). I’m also the Associate Director of Human Services Research at Mathematica Policy Research. I’d like to share with you an important resource for researchers, educators, and policy makers. Evaluators know how important study design is to the validity of …

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Leslie Kirby McConnell on Student Data Consent

Greetings!  I am Leslie McConnell, a grants and evaluation specialist at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, a regional education service agency in Pittsburgh, PA. My team and I conduct external evaluations of state, regional, and local educational initiatives for the purposes of accountability and program improvement. If you work with student and program data, it’s critical …

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Jamie Coburn on PreK Data Resources

My name is Jamie Coburn and I recently completed my PhD in Program Planning and Evaluation from Tennessee Tech University (TTU). I am employed in state government as an early childhood consultant. I teach as adjunct faculty for both TTU and Nashville State Community College with both classroom-based and distance-based learners. My primary interest is …

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