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    • Wednesday, August 18, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual (Zoom)
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    Do you work with student data?

    Do you evaluate school programs? 

    Are you curious about how assessment of student outcomes has changed in light of Covid-19?

    Join us for a discussion with Dr. Megan Kuhfeld, senior research scientist with NWEA, about the prospect of student assessment in the post-COVID era. Dr. Kuhfeld will discuss methodology, findings, and challenges in conducting this research. She will then take your questions.

    Email OPEN to submit your questions in advance.

    About the Presenter

    Dr. Megan Kuhfeld seeks to understand students’ trajectories of academic and social-emotional learning and the school and neighborhood influences that promote optimal growth. Dr. Kuhfeld’s work covers a range of topics, including longitudinal growth modeling, achievement gaps, and summer learning loss. It has been featured in Education Week, the Los Angeles Times, the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, and Educational Researcher.

    Prior to joining NWEA, Dr. Kuhfeld completed a PhD in quantitative methods in education and a master’s degree in statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation was funded by a grant from the American Educational Research Association and was the recipient of the 2017 Brenda Loyd Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Council on Measurement in Education. She also worked at the non-profit policy institute Child Trends, the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and CRESST, where she provided psychometric support to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.


    • Friday, September 17, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PDT)
    • Virtual (Zoom)
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    Culturally responsive approaches position culture at the center of evaluation, ideally leading to studies that are responsive to a program's context, values, and beliefs. Doing so can enhance the credibility and usefulness of findings to those who the program seeks to serve.

    Drawing on interviews with evaluators and program staff from the Office of Indian Health Services, Emi will share what she has learned about integrating culturally responsive approaches into your own evaluation practice.

    About the Presenter

    Emi Fujita-Conrads, M.A. is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Social Research Methodology division at the University of California, Los Angeles specializing in Evaluation. Her dissertation explores why and how the Office of Indian Health Services developed an evaluation policy and how the policy has impacted evaluation practice. 

    Before graduate school, Emi supported research and evaluation work at a national youth mentoring non-profit. Her research interests include using evaluation for program improvement, evaluation policy, and methods for conducting social justice-focused and culturally responsive evaluations.


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