Dretzke

Beverly Dretzke

Research Associate

Center Applied Research & Ed Improvement
425 LES
1954 Buford Ave
Tel:612-624-3805
dretz001@umn.edu

Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (concentrations in human learning and quantitative methods)
M.A. in Adult Education, George Washington University
B.B.A. in Business Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

I specialize in the evaluation of programs designed to improve learning in K-12 settings.  My current evaluation projects include professional development of arts educators, arts integration in middle school classrooms, Chinese immersion in elementary schools, and start times of high schools.  Prior to joining the staff at CAREI, I was a professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where I taught courses in statistics, measurement, and educational psychology.  I have also held positions as a high school teacher, an employee development specialist, and a market research analyst.  I have authored several publications on the use of Excel for statistical analysis.  In addition, I have presented numerous conference papers on topics related to student learning and evaluation of educational programs.  My avocational interests include playing the recorder, learning Spanish, and hiking.

Selected Publications

  1. Dretzke, B. J.  (2012).  Statistics with Microsoft® Excel, 5th ed.  Boston:  Pearson.

  2. Dretzke, B.  (2012).  Excel manual.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson.  (Companion technology manual to accompany R. Larson & B. Farber’s Elementary statistics:  Picturing the World, 5th edition.)

  3. Dretzke, B. J., & Jordan, K. M.  (2010).  Expanding secondary school Chinese language programs:  A study of potential challenges.  American Secondary Education, 38(2), 57-72.

  4. Louis, K.S., Dretzke, B., & Wahlstrom, K. L.  (2010).  How does leadership affect student achievement?  Results from a national U.S. survey.  School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 21(3), 315-336.

  5. Wakefield, D., McLaughlin, K., Dretzke, B., & Timothy, B.  (2007).  Technology manual.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.  (Companion technology manual to accompany M. Sullivan’s Statistics:  Informed decisions using data, 2nd ed.)

  6. Dretzke, B. J., & Goulet, I.  (2005).  Statistiques avec Microsoft® Excel.  (Traduit de Statistics with Microsoft® Excel, 3rd edition, by Beverly Dretzke).  Upper Saddle River NJ:  Prentice Hall

  7. Dretzke, B. J.  (2003).  The Excel manual.  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall.  (Companion technology manual to accompany B. Armstrong & D. Davis’ Brief Calculus:  Solving Problems in Business, Economics, and the Social and Behavioral Sciences.)

  8. Dretzke, B. J., & Levin, J. R.  (1996).  Assessing students’ application and transfer of a mnemonic strategy:  The struggle for independence.  Contemporary Educational Psychology, 21, 83-93.

  9. Hanson-Tafel, J., & Dretzke, B. J.  (1996).  Effects of written and oral variations of elaborative interrogation in group settings.  Reading Psychology, 17, 333-356.

  10. Junge, M. E., & Dretzke, B. J.  (1995).  Mathematical self-efficacy gender differences in gifted-talented adolescents.  Gifted Child Quarterly, 39, 22-28.

Selected Presentations

  1. Dretzke, B. J., Gdula, J. A., & Wahlstrom, K. L.  (2013, March).  Impact of delayed school start time on high school students' attendance, tardiness, and academic achievement.  Poster session to be presented at the National Sleep Foundation Sleep Health & Safety Annual Conference, Gaylord National Harbor, Washington, D.C.

  2. Dretzke, B. J., Meath, J. L., & Rickers, S. R.  (2012, November).  Summer school partnerships of literary artists and sixth-grade reading teachers.  Paper presented at the Mid-Western Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Evanston, IL.

  3. Radzicki, E., & Dretzke, B. J.  (2012, November).  How practice and evaluation shape each other:  An example from an arts integration project.  Paper presented at the Mid-Western Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Evanston, IL.

  4. Dretzke, B. J.  (2011, October).  Why parents choose Chinese immersion for their children.  Paper presented at the Mid-Western Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.

  5. Dretzke, B. J., Rickers, S., & Meath, J. L.  (2011, October).  An investigation of a professional development program for arts educators in an urban school district.  Paper presented at the Mid-Western Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.

  6. Rickers, S., & Dretzke, B. J.  (2010, October).  An investigation of the family liaison position in an urban school district.  Paper presented at the Mid-Western Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio. 

  7. Dretzke, B. J., & Kalke, N. E.  (2009, October).  Challenges of evaluating small learning communities in a large urban school district.  Paper presented at the Mid-Western Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri.

  8. Louis, K.S., Dretzke, B. J., & Wahlstrom, K. L. (2009, April).  How does leadership affect student achievement?  Results from a national survey.  Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, California.

  9. Stephens, V. M., Weiss, C., Murphy, M. E., Pruitt, L., Dretzke, B. J., Lent, S., & Muhamed, S.  (2008, November).  Formalizing evaluation in an arts integration school/university partnership (Project AIM Columbia College, Chicago):  Building policy and practice.  Paper presented at the American Evaluation Association Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.

  10. Hornbacher, M. J., Dretzke, B. J., & Peterson, K. A.  (2008, March).  Looking more deeply:  Fidelity of implementation and process measures as critical components in assessing intervention impacts.  Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, New York.

  11. Dretzke, B. J.  (2007, October).  Learning how to communicate statistical information:  A requirement of the advanced placement statistics course.  Paper presented at the Mid-Western Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri.

  12. Wahlstrom, K. L., Seashore, K. R., Michlin, M., & Dretzke, B. J.  (2007, April).  Efficacy, trust, and leadership for student learning:  A multivariate analysis.  Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois.

  13. Walker, D. A., Dretzke, B. J., & Smith, T. J.  (2005, October).  Simulations and online technology as learning tools in statistics courses.  Symposium presentation at the Mid-Western Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Columbus, Ohio.