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M.A. Educational Psychology, University of Minnesota
Both my M.A. and Ph.D. in educational psychology have a focus in evaluation and measurement. Since 1996 I have been a research associate in the University of Minnesota’s Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) where I have designed and directed a wide variety of large scale, multi-year research and evaluation studies focused on reforming K-12 education such as: arts-integrated instruction, arts education, arts and school partnership programs, and the link between professional development and student achievement.
I am currently the principal investigator for the evaluation of a U.S. Department of Education Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination grant awarded to the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago. Previously, I have been principal investigator for the evaluation of the following U.S. Department of Education grants:
- Neighborhood Bridges funded through a grant to The Children’s Theatre Company from the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program.
- Mirrors and Windows: Minneapolis Arts Educator Professional Development Program funded through a grant to the Minneapolis Public Schools from the Professional Development for Arts Educators Program.
- Artful Teaching and Learning funded through a grant to the Minneapolis Public Schools and the Perpich Center for Arts Education from the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination Program.
- A Choice of Weapons, a three-year initiative in the Minneapolis Public Schools to strengthen instruction and learning in media arts and media literacy.
In 2007, I completed a three-year study of the Arts for Academic Achievement arts partnership program in the Minneapolis Public Schools. From 1998-2001 I was co-principal investigator, along with Karen Seashore Louis, on CAREI’s initial longitudinal study of the program, Arts for Academic Achievement: The Annenberg Challenge in Minneapolis.
During 2003 and 2004 I was Research Review Editor for the Teaching Artist Journal. I have also been a faculty member at the Empire State Partnership program’s Summer Seminar for three years and in 2002 was a guest faculty member at the Arts Assessment in Practice workshop in New York City.