Blueprint for Education's practice includes five core service areas. Any project can include one or multiple service area types.
The consulting service is tailored to support clients' unique needs and project requirements. Consulting projects vary according to project goals and timelines, and include conversations to bring clarity and understanding to a problem area, a specified project plan and timeline, and engagement with client team to bring coherency and technical expertise to the problem space. A consulting project takes shape by what serves the client -- onsite visits, tele-conferences, video-conferences, document review, or a mix of engagement types. Consulting projects can be big or small; such as a short series of bounded and focused engagement experiences or a multi-year plan that encompasses different project goals.
The technical assistance practice area provides expertise, content, and professional learning to augment clients' current capacity. Interpreting education policy or complex data analysis usually requires support to make sense of competing demands and implementation guidelines. The technical assistance approach is highly collaborative and engaging with key stakeholders.
- Workshops, webinars, presentations, and meaningful professional learning activities.
- Focused reference materials and meaningful professional learning community experiences.
- Review of current systems to highlight organizational learning opportunities.
- Technical assistance provider to public (local, state, federal) and private (business, foundations) programs.
Program Evaluation and Applied Research
The program evaluation and applied research service area covers a range of activities to supports meaningful interpretation of program impact in K-12 and higher education. Program evaluation and applied research projects have the potential to significantly improve teaching and learning outcomes.
- Program evaluation: logic model development, evaluation design, data collection, data analysis, report writing, presentation delivery.
- Formative and summative program evaluation.
- Survey design, data collection, analysis, and report writing.
- Qualitative and mixed-methods designs.
Sara provides expert witness and fact-finding support for district-teacher union disputes involving contemporary compensation models and educator evaluation. Her expert witness experience draws from seven years of working with grant recipients of the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) program on educator evaluation systems and alternative compensation models, as well as program evaluation experience with Regional Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN). Her approach is collaborative, inclusive, and seeks to find opportunities to benefit all parties.
Speaking and Workshop Presentations
Bring in Sara for your next professional learning seminar, workshop, conference, or panel discussion. Sara brings an illuminating presentation to complex areas of education, in a style that actively engages participants in their own learning.