Today we inked an agreement with Copperas Cove Independent School District to support their military-connected students initiative for the next five years. Copperas Cove, located in central Texas, is implementing Operation: Copperas Cove Codes (C 3) to improve math achievement among military-connected middle school students. The district is offering in-class integration of Computer Science and coding instructional strategies and extra-curricular opportunities to increase students’ computational, mathematical, and problem solving skills. Computer coding exercises led by cross-curricular teachers and paired with specific content skills is anticipated to result in higher levels of computational thinking, synthesis of mathematical concepts, and higher academic aptitude of military students. In-class technology resources will be added to support Computer Science and coding integration with embedded professional development and campus based Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) coaching. SEG will help the district collect and interpret data to guide program improvement and ultimately measure the success of this initiative.

Patricia Moore Shaffer will facilitate a Washington Evaluators' discussion panel on evaluation consulting on September 25, 2019, at 12noon at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library in Washington, DC. She joins fellow consultants Kavita Mittapalli of MN Associates, Kirk Knestis of Inciter, and Bernadette Wright of Meaningful Evidence to have a frank discussion about what it takes to be an independent evaluation consultant or small business owner. Come join the discussion! https://washingtonevaluators.org/event-3523887

During the past few months, we have on-boarded three exceptionally talented educational researchers as research associates for the Shaffer Evaluation Group.

Megan Britt, Ph.D., joins the Shaffer Evaluation Group after 20 years’ service as an educator and administrator in public and private K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Old Dominion University, where she also has taught graduate courses in educational assessment design.

Noel Williams, a doctoral candidate in the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership program at the College of William & Mary, brings five years experience as an elementary teachers and research experience on two large scale federal grants. Noel first worked for SEG in 2018 as a consulting research associate, conducting classroom observations and analyzing qualitative data.

Yuanyuan Yue, a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology and Program Evaluation at Old Dominion University, brings expertise in research methods and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. She has worked on several large-scale research projects, including a grant funded by the National Institutes of Health.

For more information about our team, please visit our website.


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