PreK-12 Ed Eval TIG Week: Making the most of evaluation in a virtual space by Sondra LoRe

Hello, I’m Sondra LoRe, Ph.D. Since 2014, I have been learning from conducting focus groups, interviews, and observations with educators and students in virtual spaces. The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly amplified the use of virtual spaces for evaluation. Before joining the National Institute for STEM Evaluation & Research (NISER), I worked as an educator evaluator, …

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PreK-12 Ed Eval TIG Week: Students Describe How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Their Engagement in Learning by Marisa K. Crowder and Samantha E. Holquist

Hello! My name is Marisa Crowder, I am a researcher at McREL International. My colleague is Samantha Holquist, a research scientist at the Search Institute. We are excited to share some of the findings from our recent study, which was conducted in collaboration with youth researchers. The focus on this blog is on findings that …

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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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Summer Evaluation Institute is now the Summer Learning Series by Sheila B. Robinson

Greetings! I’m Sheila B Robinson, AEA365 Lead Curator and sometimes Saturday contributor with exciting news about the Summer Learning Series. Anyone who knows me knows that I am passionate about professional learning and love to see opportunities to learn from esteemed colleagues. As many of you know, AEA has held a Summer Evaluation Institute in …

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Promoting Equity Through Participatory Evaluation Approaches Week: Centering Equity as a Process and an Outcome by Jack Tebes

I’m Jack Tebes, a professor at Yale School of Medicine and a faculty at YaleEVAL, an evaluation group of The Consultation Center at Yale, where I am Executive Director. This week my YaleEVAL colleagues and I have continued a dialogue on how participatory evaluation approaches can be used to promote equity. In this week-long blog …

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Promoting Equity Through Participatory Evaluation Approaches Week: Making Evaluation Challenges Explicit to Promote Equity by Michael Awad and Derrick Gordon

Hello. We are Michael Awad, Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale School of Medicine and YaleEVAL Consultant; and Derrick Gordon, Associate Professor, Yale School of Medicine and Director, Research, Policy, and Program on Male Development at The Consultation Center at Yale and YaleEVAL faculty. As evaluators from underrepresented groups, we know first-hand about the unique challenges of working …

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Promoting Equity Through Participatory Evaluation Approaches Week: Promoting Equity for Underserved Populations by Amy Griffin

I’m Amy Griffin, Director of Health Evaluation Initiatives at The Consultation Center at Yale and a member of YaleEVAL. Recently I had the privilege to work with a state agency and a statewide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) coalition to develop a statewide LGBTQ needs assessment. Below are some Hot Tips to promote …

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