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Introducing Our Newest Researchers

The Empirical Research Team is pleased to announce the addition of 2 new team members. We welcome Zahava Heydel and Chelsey Nardi on board as our newest researchers!

Zahava Heydel, Research Assistant

Zahava has taken on assisting Sze-Shun Lau with the CREATE project, a teacher residency program in Atlanta Public Schools invested in expanding equity in education by developing critically conscious, compassionate, and skilled educators.  Zahava’s experience as a research assistant at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Department of Psychiatry, Colorado Center for Women’s Behavioral Health and Wellness is an asset to the Empirical Education team as we move toward evaluating SEL programs and individual student needs.

Chelsey Nardi, Research Manager

Chelsey is taking on the role of co-project manager for our evaluation of the CREATE project, working with Sze-Shun and Zahava. Chelsey is currently working toward her PhD exploring the application of antiracist theories in science education, which may support the evaluation of CREATE’s mission to develop critically conscious educators. Additionally, her research experience at McREL International and REL Pacific as a Research and Evaluation Associate has prepared her for managing some of our REL Southwest applied research projects. These experiences, coupled with her experience in project management, makes her an ideal fit for our team.

2021-10-04

Presenting Research-Based Tools and Resources for Family & Community Engagement at the NIEA Convention

On October 8, 2016, Jenna Zacamy, Erica Plut, and Haidee Williams (AIR) presented a workshop at the National Indian Education Association convention in Reno, Nevada. The workshop, Research-Based Tools and Resources for Family & Community Engagement, provided approximately 50 attendees with research literature on this topic, examples of promising practices to engage families and communities in various contexts gathered from the literature, and a method for exploring local programs and planning for improvements. Conversations were rich as attendees shared their current strategies and discussed new ideas. Implementing research-based practices for family and community engagement specific to Native Americans can help improve engagement and achievement outcomes in these unique communities.

2016-10-18

Work has Started on Analysis of Texas Educator Evaluation (T-TESS) Pilot

Empirical Education, through its contract with the REL Southwest, has begun the data collection process for an analysis of the Texas Teacher Evaluation and Support System (T-TESS) pilot conducted by the Texas Education Agency. This is announced on the IES site. Empirical’s Senior Research Scientist Val Lazarev is leading the analysis, which will focus on the elements and components of the system to better understand what T-TESS is measuring and provide alternative approaches to forming summative or composite scores.

2015-06-05
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