Prek-12 Educational Evaluation

PreK-12 Ed Eval TIG Week: Education Evaluation’s Lessons Learned from a Year at Home by Amanda Klein-Cox

I’m Amanda Klein-Cox, owner of Engage with Data (formerly Structured Solutions). I help K-12 schools, districts, and education non-profits use data to measure their impact, particularly around family engagement. I’ve been reflecting lately about how life has changed since the pandemic started. Somehow, we’ve made it through this year of change, fear, and loss. It …

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PreK-12 Ed Eval TIG Week: It’s All About Relationships by Lisa M. Jones

Greetings! I am Lisa Jones, a Managing Researcher at McREL International. I joined the field of evaluation with my “tools” that many evaluators hold—our education makes us good technicians. However, technical know-how is not enough. The “accountability age” opened the market for program evaluators. Title 1-funded schools could only implement evidence-based educational strategies. Likewise, federal …

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PreK-12 Ed Eval TIG Week: Using the Three “D’s” of Data with Educators: Demystify, Democratize, and Demonstrate. by Tameka Porter, Kim Good, & Susan Shebby

Hi! We’re Tameka Porter, Kim Good, and Susan Shebby of the Region 11 Comprehensive Center at McREL International. The Region 11 Comprehensive Center serves Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming as they implement evidence-based interventions that support improved educator and student outcomes. In our partnership with the Nebraska Department of Education, we created a …

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PreK-12 Ed Eval TIG Week: Validity, Context, and Circumstance by Sheila A. Arens

I’m Sheila A. Arens, Chair of the PreK-12 Educational Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG) and Executive Director of Research, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance at McREL. I am delighted to kick off this week of AEA365 blogs! I spent considerable time in 2020/21 thinking about the nature of evaluation practice and the ways that context and …

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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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