Janice K. Anderson
As a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Anderson led Department-wide teams to implement the Secretary’s priorities for standards- and assessment-based improvement, briefed senior officers and Congressional bodies on budget and policy initiatives, steered sensitive policy development, and established partnerships within and beyond the Department to support the Administration’s goals. In addition, during her tenure at ED, Anderson served as lead Governor’s Education Aide and work group leader for the National Governors’ Association and Education Commission of the States. She represented the Governor of Missouri on state programs and national education improvement efforts, providing assistance to local districts, guiding research and evaluation for Parents as First Teachers, and establishing education partnerships across states and local districts.
Director of Technical Assistance
As a Senior Research Associate in the Evaluation Research Program at WestEd, Cohen has directed a series of large projects to evaluate and improve education policies and programs. For example, she directed a five-year multi-million dollar project monitoring state education agencies, Charter Management Organizations (CMOs), and charter schools in the implementation of their federal Charter School Program (CSP) grant projects.
Prior to joining WestEd, Cohen served as Deputy Director of The Finance Project, a $6-million national research and technical assistance organization focused on the financing and sustainability of education and human services initiatives.
She also directed the federally funded National Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance and studies on teacher professional development and leadership preparation.
Director of Operations; District of Columbia & Maryland Case Manager
A Senior Research Associate at WestEd, Azzam directs and manages small to large complex projects and centers. She has worked on contracts, cooperative agreements, as well as grants with funding values ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to over $93 million.
Pennsylvania Case Manager; DC Liaison; College & Career Readiness and Success Content Lead
RMC Research Corporation Subcontract Lead; and Innovations in Learning Content Lead
Vincent played a key role in an IASA Regional Comprehensive Center (1995–2005). There she worked under the Chief State School Officer, supporting her reform agenda. She also contributed to the assessment of state needs, development and implementation of technical assistance plans, and reporting on outcomes of technical assistance, with emphasis on Title I School Improvement and the statewide system of support for low-performing schools.
Vincent also worked on the Doing What Works Project (DWW), where she provided content expertise in English learners and helped develop DWW’s resources on several literacy topics. She also served as a technical assistance liaison for two DWW Implementation Award projects and worked with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Office of English Language Acquisition to develop an online community of practice for one of its grantee groups.
Vincent brings deep expertise in processes related to implementing, sustaining, and scaling up. From 2006–2010, she directed a project for ED on sustaining the scientifically based approach to teaching reading demonstrated in the Reading First program. This project worked from research on implementation science conducted by the National Implementation Research Network.
RMC Research Corporation Subcontract Lead
Core Team (in addition to those listed above)
Great Teachers and Leaders Content Lead
Bugler works with the Regional Educational Laboratory West to support design and research needs of Arizona’s Department of Education as it develops and implements a new Teacher Effectiveness Evaluation System. He is also evaluating the instructional reform efforts in Arizona’s Creighton School District.
Previously, Bugler served for four years as Chief Research, Evaluation, and Accountability Officer for Chicago Public Schools where he was responsible for the evaluation of the impacts of the district’s instructional and educational programs and initiatives development of value-added measures used in the district’s Teacher Incentive Fund grant for annual assessments of nearly 400,000 students and statistical analysis of student, school, and district data.
Early Learning Content Lead
Dwyer has also served as a content lead for the US Department of Education’s Doing What Works research-to-practice initiative, developing web-based media and tools for professional developers in topics such as preschool language and literacy, literacy for English learners, K-3 reading comprehension, response to intervention in literacy and mathematics, and elementary and middle school mathematics.
Vito A. Forlenza
Pennsylvania State Liaison
For most of his career he served as a Curriculum Director and Assistant Executive Director serving 20 public school districts across five northeastern counties in Pennsylvania. He worked closely with education practitioners, higher education researchers, and Pennsylvania Department of Education officials.
Forlenza previously served as the Pennsylvania coordinator for the REL Mid-Atlantic. There, he worked with educators across the Mid-Atlantic region; served on the REL Mid-Atlantic’s Governing Board; recruited schools for and participated in research studies; and designed and conducted professional development programs for education practitioners aimed at bridging research, policy, and practice.
Turnaround Schools Content Lead
He previously was Learning Innovations’ Senior Manager for work with the New England Comprehensive Center and a staff member for the Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center at WestEd.
Hamilton works with state education agencies and districts on turnaround initiatives, supporting dropout prevention initiatives focused on college- and career-ready standards for all students; and supporting the development of new curricula, assessments, and practices aligned to Common Core State Standards.
Hamilton also co-leads a team supporting a three-year New Hampshire high school/middle school School Improvement Grant turnaround effort and coordinates improvement efforts for a public elementary school in Lynn, MA.
Data-Based Decision-Making Content Lead
Mandinach served as an expert panelist on the Institution of Education Sciences Practice Guide for data-driven decision-making and on National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES’s) technical working group to understand how researchers can better use statewide longitudinal data systems. She has also led projects about how schools of education can prepare educators to use data and on defining data literacy.
She has directed large studies for ED, the National Science Foundation, and several foundations. Her leadership positions include Research Director for REL Northeast and Islands and Interim Director of REL Appalachia.
Mandinach has authored dozens of publications and books, most recently Data Literacy for Educators: Making It Count in Teacher Preparation and Practice.
Delaware State Liaison
Previously, Marchio worked as a high school principal, vice principal, and teacher in West Virginia and Florida.
Marchio has also served on many education committees in Delaware, including the State Assessment Task Force, Vision 2015 Steering Committee, Achievement Gap Committee, Delaware Council on Economic Education, Delaware Professional Standards Board, and the Delaware Parent and Family Involvement in Education Committee.
Currently, Marchio serves as an adjunct faculty member at Wilmington University and the University of Delaware.
Marchio was named Delaware Superintendent of the Year in 2003 and 2007. In 1992, he was named by Executive Educator magazine as one of North America’s 100 Top Educators.
Innovations in Learning Content Lead
Maryland State Liaison
As State Director of Curriculum, Stack led the development of the curriculum and STEM sections on Maryland’s successful application for a Race to the Top grant. She directed the work of Maryland educators and content specialists in the creation of Maryland State Curricula and an electronic toolkit that supports classroom teachers in implementing the State Curricula.
Stack also worked with the leadership of various divisions within the State Department of Education on a variety of projects and with the Assistant Superintendents of Instruction from local systems to provide information on curriculum initiatives and respond to local system requests.
Core Team Partners
RMC Research Corporation
RMC Research Corporation specializes in technical assistance and program evaluation in K–12 public education. RMC is a key player in the Comprehensive Center network, holding the prime contract for the region serving New York / New England and subcontracts in six regions nationwide.
For four decades, RMC has provided on-site technical assistance and produced numerous research-based products focused on support for low performing schools and districts, STEM, literacy, and many other high-priority areas. Read more at rmcresearchcorporation.com.
IMPAQ International, LLC
IMPAQ International conducts research and evaluation studies on a wide range of areas, including comprehensive school reform, adolescent literacy, teacher professional development, dropout prevention, and the usefulness of technical assistance and professional development. Read more at impaqint.com.