What Works? Tools for Assessing Effectiveness in Education
Education policies and practices are often justified by saying “the research shows” an approach to be effective. The goal of this session is to help the audience become familiar with different ways of assessing and applying research so they are better equipped to make instructional decisions. We’ll discuss 1) ways we “know” if particular teaching strategies or instructional interventions work, 2) resources for finding high-quality research that address areas of interest to the audience, and 3) how to assess whether strategies or interventions are working in different settings.
Cara Jackson conducts evaluation and research for Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and is co-editing a volume on linking teacher preparation program design to outcomes for teachers and students. Prior to joining MCPS, she was a Strategic Data Project fellow at Urban Teachers, where she worked to improve the quality of data on teacher effectiveness. While earning a Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Maryland, Cara analyzed school district policies and interventions. She has studied federal education policy as a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and taught kindergarten in New York City.