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Robert J. Marzano, Senior Advisormarzano_robert_1good
Robert Marzano, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of Marzano Research in Centennial, Colorado. Dr. Marzano’s research has been synthesized into a multitude of practical books for educators. His work includes standards development and translation into classroom instruction and assessment techniques, evaluation studies and classroom research, and K-12 curriculum development.

Dr. Marzano earned his bachelor of arts at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York and his master of education at Seattle University in Washington. He also received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Marzano has received the Teacher’s Choice Award for his book, Formative Assessment and Standards-Based Grading. He has also been awarded the Brock International Prize in Education, has been named Outstanding Researcher in the Field of Reading by the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association, and was a finalist for the National Council of Teachers of English competition for “Promising Researcher.”  Robert.Marzano@marzanoresearch.com

Terri L. Martin, Director
Terri Martin, Ed.D., serves as Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory Central, as well as Executive vice-president of Marzano Research Laboratory. As Director she provides day to day support to all task leads and subcontractors and has led the growth and work of research alliances in the region.  She also assists with research studies and projects from development through implementation and dissemination.

She has worked in the field of education since 1981 as a teacher, administrator, coordinator, director, and professional developer focusing on topics such as: educational leadership, professional learning communities, curriculum and assessment development, action research and data use. She has worked internationally and has presented to state departments, school districts leaders, administrators and teachers in over 40 states.

Dr. Martin previously served as director of school improvement initiatives for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education She led staff located in 10 regional professional development centers providing school improvement support for over 100 school districts. She provided professional development for the department in creating a collaborative work environment.

She is the author or coauthor of several articles and one book: Increasing Student Achievement: An Educational Leader’s Guide to a Purposeful School. She was vice president of field services at Solution Tree Inc. and worked with educational authors such as Dr. Victoria Bernhardt, Dr. Richard DuFour and Dr. Robert Marzano.

She holds a Doctorate in educational administration from the University of Missouri, along with a specialist degree in elementary education and a Master’s Degree in early childhood education. Previously she was an adjunct faculty member for the University of Missouri and Columbia College teaching courses in Action Research, Change Theory, Behavior Management and Literacy. Terri.Martin@marzanoresearch.com

Trudy L. Cherasaro, Deputy Directortrudywebsite1good
Trudy L. Cherasaro, Ph.D., serves as Deputy Director of the Regional Educational Laboratory Central and is a Senior Researcher at Marzano Research. Currently Dr. Cherasaro leads research and technical support projects under the Regional Educational Laboratory contract. Prior to joining Marzano Research, Dr.Cherasaro directed several research and evaluation projects. Most recently, she directed the evaluation of the teacher performance assessment system in Denver Public Schools, the evaluation of a Teacher Quality Enhancement grant at Metropolitan State College of Denver and served as a study director on a large scale randomized controlled trial of a supplemental vocabulary program.

Dr. Cherasaro has provided leadership in the evaluation of several federally funded state and district initiatives including the Early Reading First program in Des Moines, Iowa, the Reading First Initiative in Virginia, South Dakota and the Advanced Placement Incentive Program in Maine. She also served as a Coordinator of Research and Evaluation in Albemarle County Public Schools in Virginia where she directed the evaluation of district- and school-based programs and initiatives, advised leadership on district and school improvement planning, and advised instructional administrators, principals, and lead teachers on the development, analysis and administration of assessments. She has taught graduate and certification courses in instructional strategies, curriculum differentiation, gifted education, child development, research methods, and standards and assessment. Dr. Cherasaro holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia and is certified as a What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) reviewer. Trudy.Cherasaro@marzanoresearch.com

Shelley H. Billig, Associate Director
Shelley Billig, Ph.D., is the Vice President of RMC Research Corporation in Denver, Colorado. She serves as Principal Investigator of several national, state, and local research and evaluation projects, is Associate Director of the Southwest Comprehensive Center, and is on the board of several research journals. She also serves as the qualitative team leader for the Broad Prize for Urban District Excellence and the director of qualitative research for the Broad Prize for Charter School Management Organizations. In the past, Dr. Billig has served as Director of the Title I Technical Assistance Center and the Director of the Rural Technical Assistance Center.

Dr. Billig received her bachelor of arts from Boston University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She earned her master of arts degree and Ph.D. in sociology from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She graduated both with honors and was awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship from the Andrew Mellon Foundation at Tufts University, has been designated as a Distinguished Scholar by the International Association of Research in Service-Learning and Community Engagement.  billig@rmcdenver.com

John T. Sutton, Deputy Associate Director
John Sutton, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation in Denver, Colorado. He is the Evaluation Director for a number of different state Math and Science Partnerships. In this role, he is responsible for instrument selection and administration, data collection, data analysis, report writing, and state and national conference presentations. Dr. Sutton has previous experience as a classroom teacher, K-12 Mathematics Consultant, and Assistant Superintendent.

Dr. Sutton earned his bachelor of science degree and his master of arts degree in mathematics education from the University of Iowa. He also received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in mathematics education and administration. Dr. Sutton has received the Nebraska Science KICKS Recognition Award, the Council of State Science Supervisors Recognition Award, the Catalyst Award from the Nebraska Association of Teachers of Science, and the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics Recognition Award.sutton@rmcdenver.com

Robert M. Palaich, Associate Director
Robert Palaich, Ph.D., is the President of Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, Inc., in Denver, Colorado. His previous work includes serving as the Vice President of Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, Inc., as well as Vice President of the Education Commission of the States in Denver, Colorado. He has been the team leader for a variety of education policy-related studies and has experience in project leadership and management, program evaluation and research design, school finance, and state policy analysis and design.

Dr. Palaich earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Norte Dame in South Bend, Indiana and his master of arts degree in education administration from the Teachers College at Columbia University in New York, New York.  rmp@apaconsulting.net

Dale M. DeCesare, Deputy Associate Director
Dale DeCesare, J.D., is a Senior Associate with Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates, Inc., in Denver, Colorado. In this role, he leads a variety of education policy studies, works with school districts to identify and address teacher recruitment and retention challenges and to evaluate the impact of education program changes; and conducts evaluations of educational interventions in hard-to-staff schools and schools that struggle to close student achievement gaps.

Mr. DeCesare also has experience working as a writer and policy analyst for the Education Commission of the States in Denver, Colorado. Mr. DeCesare earned his bachelor of arts degree from Trinity University San Antonio, Texas, and his doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Denver College of Law. He was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award.  dmd@apaconsulting.net

Stephen J. Meyer, Research and Evaluation Director
Stephen Meyer, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation in Denver, Colorado. He has been responsible for study design and implementation, case study data collection, and analysis for a variety of agencies. He currently works as the Principal Investigator for the Developing a Program of Postsecondary Academic Instruction in State Prisons Study where he examines the effectiveness of a model for delivering postsecondary academic instruction to youth offenders in state prisons. He is also an Evaluator for the National Evaluation of Learn and Serve America which uses an experimental design to measure the impact of service-learning programs on academic and civic outcomes for students.

Dr. Meyer earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his Ph.D. in education from the University of Chicago. He has been awarded the Searle Dissertation Fellowship from the University of Chicago, the American Educational Research Association Dissertation Grant, the Spencer Foundation Research Training Grant, the University of Chicago Century Scholarship, and the Scholl Fellowship from the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.  meyer@rmcdenver.com

R. Marc Brodersen, Researchmarc_brodersen1good
R. Marc Brodersen, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher at Marzano Research.  Dr. Brodersen currently serves as director of REL Central’s Common Core Research Alliance and leads several technical assistance and analytical support projects for states in the central region. Dr. Brodersen has extensive experience serving as director and quantitative specialists for research and evaluation projects studying educational, non-profit, and health care programs. This work has involved leading a variety of short-term and multi-year formative and summative evaluation and research projects at the local, state, federal, and international levels.

Dr. Brodersen earned his bachelor of science degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Central Washington University, and Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology from Colorado State University.

Jason1goodJason E. Harlacher, Research
Jason E. Harlacher, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher at Marzano Research in Centennial, Colorado. Dr. Harlacher is responsible for designing and facilitating REL Central research projects. Prior to joining Marzano Research, Dr. Harlacher’s experience includes working as a school psychologist, as a consultant with schools on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and as a Response to Intervention (RTI) consultant for Colorado Department of Education (CDE) in the RTI/PBIS Unit.   He also worked for PBS-Nevada as the state director.

Dr. Harlacher earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Ohio University, master’s degree in School Psychology from Utah State University, and Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Oregon.  Dr. Harlacher holds a license for Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP), and Initial Special Services License (Colorado). Jason.harlacher@marzanoresearch.com

mary_klute1goodMary Klute, Research
Mary Klute, Ph.D., is a Senior Researcher at Marzano Research in Centennial, Colorado. Dr. Klute earned her bachelor of arts degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and her master of science and Ph.D. degrees in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University.  Mary Klute, PhD, is a senior researcher at Marzano Research Laboratory. Dr. Klute is involved with research studies with REL Central’s Educator Effectiveness, Formative Assessment, and Systems Development and Improvement Research Alliances.  Prior to joining Marzano Research Laboratory, Dr. Klute directed several multisite research and evaluation studies, including the Denver Preschool Program Child Outcomes Evaluation project, evaluations of two Early Reading First grants, and a validation study of a school readiness assessment called the ESTART. She was also senior director of research and evaluation at Clayton Early Learning, a Denver-based nonprofit focused on early childhood education, where much of her work was focused on how early childhood education programs use data for improvement.

Dr. Klute’s research has appeared in Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, Early Education and Development, and Early Childhood Research Quarterlymary.klute@marzanoresearch.com

Megan Schutz, Communications SpecialistMegan-S-7656size
Megan Schutz is REL Communications Specialist at Marzano Research. Ms. Schutz is responsible managing REL materials, making professional contacts, and providing support for webinars.

Ms. Schutz has a bachelor of science in psychology and a master of science in education from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.  She has worked as an elementary classroom teacher where she was also part of the Positive Behavior Support Team and Teacher Assistance Team.  She also has extensive experience working in the Professional Development department at Solution Tree in Bloomington, IN, where she designed multi-year professional development plans for school districts throughout the United States and Canada. megan.schutz@marzanoresearch.com

Carla Sutton, Disseminationcarla_sutton1good
Carla Sutton, dissemination coordinator for REL Central at Marzano Research in Centennial, Colorado. She has experience as an elementary school teacher, talented and gifted teacher and coordinator; as well as library media specialist and technology coordinator.

Ms. Sutton earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA in Elementary Education. She also has a masters of library science and information management (MLS) from Emporia State University, Emporia KS.  She has endorsements in Elementary Education, Reading, School Library Media, Talented and Gifted Education and Instructional Technology.  Carla.Sutton@marzanoresearch.com

Jon Uebelhor, Fiscaluebelhor_jon1good
Jon Uebelhor is an accountant for REL Central at Marzano Research.  He has been working in the accounting department at Solution Tree and MRL for almost 4 years.  He earned a bachelor of science from Indiana University – Bloomington in accounting, operations management, and technology management.  He is also currently in the process of earning his CPA license.

Mr. Uebelhor had the pleasure of being head golf coach at Eastern Greene HS in Bloomfield, IN for 3 seasons while also substitute teaching during that time.  He is also actively involved with Young Life, a faith-based, outreach organization for high school students.  jon.uebelhor@solution-tree.com

David C. Yanoski, Research david_yanoski1good
David C. Yanoski is the Associate Director for Research and Development for Marzano Research. He has 15 years of teaching experience, serving as a classroom teacher, mentor coach and on school leadership teams. In addition, he served on district level curriculum, standard development, assessment development and strategic planning teams.

He has spent the last four years at MRL facilitating, reviewing, and providing feedback on the development of proficiency scales with schools, school districts, states, and national charter school organizations. In addition, he has facilitated the development of a set of proficiency scales based on the Common Core State Standards. He received a bachelor’s degree from Midland Lutheran College in Nebraska and an M.A. in education from the University of Phoenix.  David.Yanoski@marzanoresearch.com