What We Do

For Educators

Professional Development

 

When working with district and school  leaders and educators, we focus on using data to improve teaching and learning. As former educators, we know the importance of professional development and learning communities that support educators as they learn, innovate, and improve their craft. We train fellow educators to use data to improve student learning.


  • As co-developers of Adaptive Implementation (AI), we offer training to teachers, school leaders, and district staff on how to use the AI framework, process, and templates to improve schools. We have conducted face-to-face workshops for school districts, federal grantees, and educators on utilizing AI to improve schools.


  • We offer webinars, individual coaching, and training on how educators and leaders can better use data to improve teaching (of teachers), learning (of teachers), and learning (of students). We see teaching and learning as a two-way process for teachers, so that all students can learn. We created a webinar series on career technical education with the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN), where we worked with CTE leaders from across the country to create logic models, use readily available accountability data, and to conduct program improvement cycles and ROI analyses.


  • We offer individual coaching and training, and lead professional learning communities for teachers, school leaders, and district leaders so that school communities can work together to address achievement and opportunity gaps. The BRIGHT-CS Researcher-Practitioner Partnership was funded through the National Science Foundation. We lead a professional learning community to conduct equity audits, utilizing publicly available data, to highlight the context and facilitate discussions for improving STEM+CS access and learning for Black girls in middle schools.

For Policy Makers

Policy Analysis


When working with policy makers, our ultimate goal is to help our clients arrive at desired outcomes. We offer policy analysis that leverages literature reviews and scans, extant data analysis, state population data analysis, document reviews, and interviews with stakeholders. We home in on the factors that help create exemplary public policy.


  • At the national level, we conduct non-partisan policy analysis for a diverse set of clients, from non-profit organizations to federal agencies. Working with HCM Strategists, a non-profit organization, we conducted a policy scan on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act / No Child Left Behind waivers nationwide and an in-depth low-level impact analysis of New York and Virginia’s waivers.


  • At the state level, we statistically analyze state data and use data visualizations to inform the authoring of state policy. Working with the Virginia Department of Education, we created statistical peer groups of schools to sort all schools in Virginia into demographically similar groups to inform the school improvement process.


  • At the local level, we conduct statistical analyses using district or school data, literature reviews, interviews with community stakeholders, and policy scans to inform local policy maker’s decision making. We triangulate data and translate analytical findings into actionable information. Working with the Appalachian Regional Educational Laboratory, we conducted a data scan and created a data catalog to document available teacher and student data. These will be used to help improve mathematics outcomes for all students, particularly English learners and economically disadvantaged students.

For Developers

Research & Evaluation


When working with program developers, universities, and educational improvement organizations, we conduct mixed methods research and evaluation services that draw on our team's experiences as researchers, educators, and policy makers, thus we communicate research findings in an intelligible, useful way


  • When partnering to develop impact evaluations, we answer key project questions while also meeting or exceeding granting agency requirements. We have extensive experience conducting random assignment and quasi-experimental studies to determine the impact of a program. Working with the Skills for Success External Evaluation of KIPP Houston, funded by the US Department of Education, we conducted an impact evaluation that featured a school-level random assignment design with low attrition at both the school and student levels, thereby meeting the WWC standards. Outcomes included district assessments of math and English language arts, and non-cognitive survey outcomes.


  • When partnering to develop implementation or process evaluations, we work to ensure that we meet or exceed the needs of the client and the requirements of granting agencies. Implementation evaluations shine light on how a program is implemented and how it can be improved. As former educators, we are better able to design implementation studies that go beyond fidelity of implementation metrics to capture what was implemented and where programs can be improved. When working with UCLA's Center X on the External Evaluation of Project Exc-EL (Excellence for English Language Learners), a grant funded via the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) by the US Department of Education, we conducted an implementation study. The study was centered on the project logic model, an implementation matrix, and rubrics designed to measure fidelity of implementation (FOI) using annual interviews with developers, school coaches, teachers, and district leaders; artifact review; and project records.

For Researchers

Analytic Technical Assistance


When working with grantees and evaluators to provide analytic technical assistance, we review evaluation plans, conduct quality reviews, and advise clients on meeting What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) standards. As WWC-certified reviewers and independent researchers, we ensure that study findings answer immediate, internal research questions while also adding to a body of knowledge that will benefit educational systems.


  • We provided analytic technical assistance to grantees and their evaluators as part of the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) analytic technical assistance for the US Department of Education, with monthly TA calls, reviews of evaluation protocols and reports, and dissemination of resources.