Prior to establishing the Shaffer Evaluation Group, Dr. Shaffer was the Evaluation Manager for NASA's Office of Education and Vice President of the Educational Policy Institute. She has led over forty educational program evaluations ranging from national evaluation studies conducted for federal agencies including the Library of Congress and the President's Committee for the Arts and the Humanities to smaller-scale research and evaluation studies for state educational agencies and school districts. Dr. Shaffer specializes in the evaluation of educator professional development and district-based reform initiatives, especially in the subject areas of reading/literacy, mathematics, and STEM. Dr. Shaffer contributed to several important state and national policy studies, including the 2008 National Council on Disability progress report to the President on The No Child Left Behind Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Prior to her career in evaluation, she was an art educator in museums across the United States and Canada. Dr. Shaffer earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership at the College of William & Mary and a M.A. in Curriculum Studies at the University of Toronto. She is the 2019 President-Elect for the Washington Evaluators.
PATRICIA MOORE SHAFFER
Prior to joining Shaffer Evaluation Group as a senior research associate (contract), Dr. Hindman served as the School University Research Network (SURN)’s Assistant Director at The College of William & Mary. SURN is a partnership of over 28 Virginia school divisions that is funded largely through grant awards. Dr. Hindman’s career in education began as a substitute teacher at the age of 18; she has been a middle school teacher, a science specialist, designer of educator performance appraisal systems, outreach specialist for Project HOPE, Virginia’s McKinney-Vento program, and adjunct faculty member. Throughout her career, her focus has been on engaging and impactful learning experiences whether she is working with students or fellow educators. Dr. Hindman has presented widely on student engagement, effective hiring practices, and lessons learned from grants she has co-authored. She is the author of seven books and numerous articles. She holds a Virginia Postgraduate Professional License with endorsements in Elementary Grades K-8, Gifted Education, and Administration and Supervision PreK-12. Dr. Hindman earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership (K-12) at the College of William & Mary. The University of Virginia awarded her Master of Teaching and B.A. degrees.
JENNIFER L. HINDMAN
Prior to joining Shaffer Evaluation Group as a senior consultant (contract), Mr. White was Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director for Hampton City Schools, Virginia. He has experience and expertise in STEM education, career academies, project management, workforce readiness, and managing organizational change processes, such as the implementation of career academies in a mid-sized school district, which led to increased student performance in math, science and entrepreneurial learning. He has written project charters and managed teams of stakeholders to create three Governor’s academies, implement career pathways, and developed a middle school gifted technology and business program and two middle school STEM programs. He is a technology and engineering teacher. He has served as Vice President for Public Policy of the Virginia Association of CTE, Past-President of Virginia Technology and Engineering Educators Association, and on the board of the Virginia Children’s Engineering Council. He has doctoral work in Education with expertise in Human Performance Technology and HRD. He has a Bachelor of Science in Education in Industrial Technology, Master of Education in Vocational Curriculum Design, and Education Specialist in Vocational and Adult Education Administration. Mr. White has been honored by his colleagues and has many awards for service and leadership including the international Distinguished Technology Educator and is certified in AutoCAD, Vocational Rehabilitation Management, OSHA, and Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt.
JESSE W. WHITE
Dr. Williams, a research associate at Shaffer Evaluation Group, is a recent graduate of the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership program at the College of William & Mary. She has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Teaching from James Madison University. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Dr. Williams was an elementary school teacher in Virginia for five years and served as lead teacher. She has worked on two large scale federal grants; one through the Institute of Education Services (IES) and the other through the National Science Foundation (NSF). Through this work, Dr. Williams has experience developing curriculum, leading professional development for teachers, and collecting, analyzing, and managing data. From 2015-2018 she served as co-editor of the Creativity Network Newsletter, a special interest group of the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC). She also served as a senior reviewer for the William & Mary Educational Review. Dr. Williams has presented at national and state conferences, and her research interests include family engagement, discourse analysis, and curriculum development.
Research associate (contract) Yuanyuan Yue is a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Psychology and Program Evaluation program at Old Dominion University. She received a Master's degree in Sports Leadership at Miami University and a Master's degree in Educational and Developmental Psychology at Liaoning Normal University, China. Yuanyuan’s academic research agenda focuses on students’ social cognitive processes in relation to academic outcomes in different learning environments. She is primarily interested in the influences of students’ motivational beliefs on their academic outcomes, as well as in cross-cultural differences on students’ motivation. Yuanyuan’s expertise also involves research methods and both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. For example, she has worked on a large-scale grant funded by the National Institutes of Health, which investigates the impact of undergraduate enrichment experiences on students’ science motivation and persistence in college. Yuanyuan is also working a longitudinal and cross-cultural study, which investigates the relations between family issues and children’s educational and behavioral outcomes.
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