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Demystifying Evidence-Based Decisions in Education
Tuesday September 11, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
Presented by Christina Luke, Director of Program and Product Evaluation, Digital Promise; and Sierra Noakes, Research Associate, Digital Promise
Sponsored by Digital Promise
Educators want to use evidence to make instructional decisions and product developers have access to mountains of data. Finding the time and resources to gather and analyze data can be challenging. Having access to free tools and resources like the Edtech Pilot Framework is one way to make evidence-based decisions easier, but having access to a web-based infrastructure to collaborate and co-analyze and interpret data alongside research partners is even better.
In this edWebinar, Christina Luke and Sierra Noakes of Digital Promise share how to virtually collaborate across educator, researcher, and developer sectors to evaluate innovative programs and products. PreK through higher education teachers, school and district leaders, product developers, and researchers will benefit from watching this recorded session.
About the Presenters
Christina Luke, Director of Program and Product Evaluation, leads the Marketplace Research initiative at Digital Promise which is focused on increasing the amount of evidence in the edtech marketplace. Before joining Digital Promise, Christina led program evaluations for federal and state initiatives and delivered professional development and technical assistance to school districts at Measurement Incorporated. Formerly a high school English teacher, Christina left the classroom to study education policy with a desire to improve student outcomes by offering a practitioner’s perspective to education research. Christina earned a Ph.D. in education administration and policy from the State University of New York at Albany and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and English from Boston College.
As a research associate at Digital Promise, Sierra Noakes focuses on building districts’ and educators’ capacity to make evidence-based decisions around innovative programs and practices. In addition to conducting and supporting edtech pilot studies in collaboration with districts across the country, Sierra is also working on research projects studying technology integration to support low-resourced K-12 students and adult learners. Prior to joining Digital Promise, Sierra was an applied behavior analysis instructor and curriculum coordinator at an autism center in New York. While working on her master’s in education policy and management from Harvard Graduate School of Education, she also served as project manager and policy analyst for a nonprofit creating hybrid academic and SEL courses for students with dyslexia and ADHD. Sierra received her B.A. in government from Claremont McKenna College.
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