Education

Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, August 2006

M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 2002

B.S., Economics and Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, December 1999

Blueprint for Education, LLC

Founder and Owner
2012-Present

Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA), Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2013, 2014, 2015)

Survey Design, Data Analysis, Reporting, Principal Effectiveness

• Designed and implemented an online survey that assessed teachers’ perceptions about principal performance in their schools based on ISSLC standards, Milwaukee Public Schools’ principal leadership standards, the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness system.

 Analyzed survey data and wrote report that provided information to MTEA leadership and teachers about the trends in leadership practices across Milwaukee Public Schools.

Geriatrics Medical Residency Program, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2013- 2014)

Consulting and Applied Research in STEMM Higher Education
• Conducted a process-based analysis of patient-care delivery and resident evaluation system in the geriatrics residency program.

• Assessed the current resident evaluation system and providing re-design recommendations that aligned processes of care to strategic goals of residency program, national standards, and patient outcomes.

Farmington Public Schools (FPS), Farmington, Michigan (2012- 2013)

Consulting, Educator Effectiveness Systems
• Provided technical expertise on the structure, content, and fairness of the FPS teacher evaluation system, including metrics, combining multiple measures, and implementation strategies.

• Worked with leadership team on developing approaches that will enhance the rigor and consistency of the evaluation system and devise strategies that will link evaluation system results to human capital management strategies.

• Presented to FPS School Board on value-added metrics and implications of measurement design.

Troy School District, Troy, Michigan (2014)

Expert Witness, Alternative Compensation and Educator Effectiveness
• Provided expert witness testimony in the area of teacher alternative compensation and expertise support fact-finding hearings between Troy School District administration and Troy Education Association.

• Assessed the role of alternative compensation and articulation of best frameworks to support transition from traditional step-and-ladder compensation model for teachers. 

• Provided comparative analysis of other national models of alternative compensation. 

Syracuse Teachers’ Association (STA), Syracuse, New York (2013)

Survey Design, Data Analysis, Reporting, Educator Effectiveness Systems
Designed and implemented a survey that assessed teachers’ perceptions about the fairness and rigor of their teacher evaluation system.

• Led a team that designed, piloted, and implemented the survey in the Syracuse City School District.

• Analyzed survey data and co-wrote report that provided information to STA leadership about teacher preferences and perceptions about various facets of the design and implementation of the teacher evaluation system.



Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison

teacher incentive fund (TIF) 1-4 Program and center for compensation reform (2007-2015)

Technical Assistance, Educator Effectiveness
Lead technical assistance provider across an array of educator effectiveness system components such as value-added metrics, observational rubrics, program evaluation, human capital management systems, alternative compensation systems, data quality and systems, multiple measures frameworks, communication, and stakeholder engagement.

• Support grantees in the design and implementation of educator effectiveness and alternative compensation systems.

• Design, implement, and evaluate human capital management systems with educator effectiveness integration. 

• Author and present on TIF-related content areas.

delta Program, UW-Madison (2013-2015)

Program Evaluation, STEMM in Higher Education

Lead evaluation of program to reduce opportunity gap in under-represented minorities in undergraduate STEM classes at UW-Madison through innovative and inclusive course-based teaching practices. 

• Designed and implemented a survey to assess faculty mentors’ experiences of program and possible broader impacts. Analyzed survey data and reported findings. 

Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL), UW-Madison (2014-2015)

Program Evaluation, STEMM in Higher Education

Formative and summative evaluation of flipped/blended learning environment design in STEMM classes.

• Assessment of impact of WisCEL space on learning gains in various student groups. 

NSF IUSE Program: Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New york (2015-Present)

Program Evaluation, STEMM in Higher Education

• Evaluation study of biology major enhancement program to increase the number of students majoring in biology, increase the achievement scores of students taking biology courses, and support biology faculty teaching biology and other STEM courses.

• Implementation of multi-year survey and interview protocol to assess science understanding and propensity to progress in biology major, assessment of student engagement and changes in faculty 


Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN) Regions: Impact on Union-District Collaboration         (2012-2013)

Program Evaluation, K-12 Systems and Educator Effectiveness

• Led an evaluation study of the impact of two regional TURN networks on the union-district collaboration, and how that collaboration influence (or did not influence) teaching and learning at the school level.

• Assessed impact of collaboration on educator effectiveness design, identified critical factors of collaboration that may influence implementation evaluation systems. 

Value-Added Validity and Classroom Assignment Practices in Elementary Schools (2010-2013)

Research, Educator Effectiveness, Value-Added Modeling
Led three qualitative research studies that examined how elementary teachers used various forms of student, school, and teacher data to inform classroom assignment in 3 large urban school districts.

• Identified the types of data used and described the complex individual and team- level processes that teachers engage in to construct classroom assignments, with implications for decision-support design.

• Findings informed core validity concerns of classroom value-added measures, and identified factors and decision-making processes that inform requirements for resource allocation in schools and classrooms.

Human and Organizational Factors of Data Use in Schools (2008-2011)

Research, K-12 Systems
Designed and led studies to examine how elementary schools in Milwaukee Public Schools use value-added metrics and other sources of data for school improvement.

• Identified and described human and organizational factors may affect data use for school improvement practices and processes.

• Developed a work system model of human and organizational factors that influence data use in schools.

Data Warehouse Design and Analytics Support for Chicago Public Schools (2007-2008)

Served as participant in data warehouse vendor selection committee for Chicago Public Schools.

• Provided support and consultation on data analytic requirements for district decision-making.

• Identified and defined key data elements and data quality specifications to support value-added modeling.

Post-Doctoral and Graduate Research

Project: “Human and Organizational Factors in Radiation Portal Monitoring”, funded by the National Academies of Science. Research conducted at the Battelle Seattle Research Center, Pacific Northwest

National Laboratory Seattle, Washington (2006-2007)
• Designed and led three field studies of U.S. seaports to investigate how individual and organizational factors in the seaport environment shape the effectiveness of radiation portal monitoring systems and influence the propensity of operator error. These studies focused on how radiation portal monitor operators interpreted data and data displays, resolved alarms, and shared information and decision-making tasks with U.S. Custom Border Protection team members.

Research Assistantship, Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2000- 2006)
• Conducted research on a U.S. Department of Defense grant that examined critical infrastructure protection in close collaboration with Sandia National Laboratories’ Information Design Assurance Red Team. Developed models of human and organizational factors associated with computer and information security systems and team-level models of collaboration for testing computer and information security defenses (dissertation). These models informed simulations of hackers and other adversaries that attempt to thwart critical infrastructure systems.