Meet Our Students
educational research, measurement, and evaluation
The following bios give a quick glimpse at some of the research and employment opportunities students have in and outside of the ERME program.
Sample of 2012 Student Employment
Julia Casasanto-Ferro, MEd Student
I am a Research Associate in the Education Human Development and Workforce program at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). My primary activities include state and local school evaluations; qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and synthesis; literature reviews and synthesis; and translating research to practice. Currently, I support special education policy research for the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and several smaller qualitative research studies. I also participate on a technical assistance team that helps to build state and district level capacity to implement proven models of Response to Intervention (RTI). Additionally, I coordinate the identification, vetting and dissemination of information about commercially available intervention tools. Prior to my work at AIR, I coordinated a national study of behavioral medicine in conjunction with Brown Medical School.
Katherine Shields, PhD Student
I am a graduate research assistant at BC’s Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy (CSTEEP). As a member of Dr. Laura O’Dwyer’s evaluation team for a project that teaches elementary school students about evolution through computer-based models, I help design psychometrically sound surveys and analyze assessment results. This assistanceship has given me the opportunity to visit schools to collect data, learn new analytic methods and software packages, and contribute to articles for publication.
Todd Reeves, PhD Student
During my training in the ERME program, I have been involved in several research and evaluation projects. For my first two years, I was a Graduate Assistant for the Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy's evaluation of the e-Learning for Educators online professional development initiative. Utilizing that project’s evaluation data, I was fortunate to be able to contribute to the knowledge base around online professional development through presentations at several conferences, and co-authorship of journal articles with Drs. Pedulla and Li. Presently, with Dr. Ludlow I am serving as an evaluator for a National Science Foundation-funded project aimed at advancing the quality of undergraduate Biology education at BC. I also work for Dr. Lowenhaupt of the Educational Leadership and Higher Education program, which involves collaboration on research projects of her and shared interest.
Bercem Akbayin, PhD Student
I am a 3rd year doctoral student in the ERME program. My research interest revolves around improving the validity and reliability of current measurements with the use of technology and statistical methods. Currently, I am working as a research assistant for the Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy (CSTEEP) and City Connects. At CSTEEP, I work on a one-to-one laptop initiative project where we evaluative the impact of using Time to Know educational program on teaching and learning across fourth and fifth grade classrooms in five New York City elementary schools. At City Connects, I work as a part of the research and evaluation team. I assist with the school level reporting for the City Connects intervention as well as performing data analyses on several attitude and behavior surveys, such as health and bullying. In my first two years at ERME, I was also involved with the e-Learning for Educators online professional development initiative and diagnostic geometry assessments.
Maureen Kavanaugh, PhD Candidate
I am a Testing and Evaluation Specialist for Worcester Public Schools.
Job responsibilities include: oversee and manage district and state testing, provide recommendations regarding district testing practices, produce reports summarizing district and school level data, advise school and district staff on interpretation and use of institutional and individual-level data, provide technical assistance related to program evaluation
Terrence Lee-St. John, PhD Candidate
I work as a data manager and analyst for City Connects. I build and maintain district- and project-level data sets. These data sets serve as the starting points for analyses performed by myself, as well as other analysts on the project. These analyses help illuminate how the City Connects intervention is affecting students. Information is used for formative purposes, as well as grant writing.