Robert J. Marzano, Senior Advisor
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 Director
Trudy L. Cherasaro, Ph.D., 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. email@example.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.firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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. email@example.com
Tony Petrites, Research Editor
Tony Petrites is the Research Editor for REL Central at Marzano Research. In this role, he edits deliverables and products, manages the online bank of resource articles, and develops marketing materials.
Petrites earned his bachelor of science degree from the University of Missouri–Columbia, and his master of science degree from Brown University. Prior to joining MRL, he worked on the editing and development of college science textbooks at W. H. Freeman Publishers in New York. He has extensive experience in communicating research and scholarship to a general audience of instructors and students. Tony.Petrites@marzanoresearch.com
R. Marc Brodersen, Research
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.
Stephany Brown, Research
Stephany Brown joined RMC Research as a Research Associate in January 2002 and brings to her position 24 years of experience in education, government, philanthropy, and nonprofit management. She is skilled in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methods, case study analysis, school/district quality reviews and instructional audits, education policy analysis, needs assessments, strategic planning, project management, and resource development.
Ms. Brown is currently working on RMC’s school and district quality reviews, including those for the Broad Prize for Urban Education. She recently assisted with Broad Foundation diagnostic audits for the Guilford County Schools (North Carolina) and the Austin Independent School District (Texas), as well as a district audit of the Ogden School District (Utah) conducted by RMC Research using the Broad Prize framework. Ms. Brown received her BA in International Relations from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon; her MPA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte; and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Fredericks, Research
Linda Fredericks is a Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation in Denver Colorado. Her responsibilities include project management; qualitative data gathering and analysis; report writing; and proposal development. She currently directs the evaluation of multiple projects including the national service-learning project from Youth Service America; a Teaching American History grant based at the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union in Vermont; the Lakota Language Project at Red Cloud Indian School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; and a GK-12 grant from the National Science Foundation and based at the University of Colorado at Denver. For the Regional Educational Laboratory Central, Ms. Fredericks works on a Research Alliance on Native American education, as well as identifies and evaluates resources, and assists with regional needs assessment activities.
Ms. Fredericks has earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder in education where she graduated with honors, as well as a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. She is a member of Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, Northwestern University Alumni Association, and Phi Delta Kappa. email@example.com
Jason 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dawn Jaramillo, Research
Dawn Jaramillo joined RMC Research in 2006. She is currently serving as Research Associate. She is highly skilled in qualitative research and analysis, reporting, project management, and logistics and data management. Ms. Jaramillo presently serves as the project manager for the Youth Service America (YSA) State Farm Good Neighbor evaluation. She also contributes to other multiple, simultaneous evaluations with tasks of analysis, data management and/or coordination, and reporting. including interviews, focus groups, observations, and administering surveys; data management, data cleaning for quantitative analysis, project logistics, and literature reviews.
Ms. Jaramillo received her BA degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver and her MA is Counseling Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. She is an active member of the National Board of Certified Counselors. email@example.com
Daniel M. Jesse, Research
Daniel Jesse, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Jesse works as the director of various groups to coordinate evaluation design with the project leadership team, develop and implement scope of work, and develop and revise data collection protocols. He oversees the collection and analysis of observational data, teacher knowledge inventories, course evaluations, and student achievement scores for developing annual reports.
Dr. Jesse earned his bachelor of arts degree from the Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado, and a master of arts degree at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. He also received his Ph.D. at the University of Colorado at Denver. He received the Colorado Scholars Award and the University of Colorado at Denver Scholarship in Educational Leadership. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary 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 Quarterly.
Judith D. Northup, Research
Judith Northup, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation in Denver, Colorado. She works to conduct multivariate quantitative analyses for projects associated with service-learning, youth civic and literacy development, and youth civic engagement. Her role also allows her to manage projects, develop surveys, supervise survey distribution, conduct survey analysis and interviews, and report findings. She conducts interviews with state and local educational administrators and report findings and assists in the development of data collection tools to be distributed at the state.
Dr. Northup earned her bachelor of arts degree from Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado and her master of arts degree from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She also received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Denver in Educational Leadership. Dr. Northup graduated Magna Cum Laude from Metropolitan State College. email@example.com
Jennifer H. Piscatelli, Fiscal
Jennifer H. Piscatelli is an Associate at Augenblick, Palaich and Associates (APA). Previously, she has served as a legislative aide to the New Hampshire State Senate Education Committee; staff member to the New Hampshire Governor; special projects associate, researcher and policy analyst at the Education Commission of the States (ECS); and independent contractor. In addition to her Senate Education Committee responsibilities, she served as Senate staff to the joint House and Senate “Adequate Education and Education Financing Commission,” which laid the groundwork for developing New Hampshire’s new school funding formula. In the office of the New Hampshire Governor, she served as staff to the Governor’s Kids Cabinet, serving as liaison between the Governor and the twelve state agency chiefs that comprised the Cabinet. She supported the Cabinet’s work to streamline state services and pursue an agenda to improve conditions for children and families in New Hampshire.
During her tenure at ECS, Ms. Piscatelli developed deeper expertise in the areas of K-12 school accountability systems, teacher quality, service-learning, civic education and developmental education. She regularly prepared policy analyses and briefs in these areas and authored issues of the Progress of Education Reform, presenting recent research on particular education topics such as citizenship education, academic success of Hispanic students, and civic engagement, for policymakers. She served as a member of the team that developed ECS’ “Next Generation School Accountability Models.” Ms. Piscatelli earned bachelor’s degrees in political science and women’s studies from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in political science with an emphasis in public policy from the University of Colorado, Denver. firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Pleis, Research
Fred Pleis, M.Ed., works as a research assistant for REL Central. He is also the High Reliability Schools Implementation Manager for Marzano Research Laboratory in Denver, Colorado. As the HRS Implementation manager, Fred oversees the planning, development, and facilitation of Dr. Marzano’s Becoming a High Reliability Schools project. He has worked in K–12 education as a classroom teacher, leadership team member, and athletic coach. Fred has presented at multiple conferences and has been a school leader for Professional Learning Communities and Response to Intervention in schools he has worked in.
Fred received his bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and his master’s degrees in Educational Leadership from Regis University in Denver, CO.email@example.com
Marianne Reale, Research
Marianne Reale works at Marzano Research in a dual research alliance support/editor role, which allows her to combine her love of education research and her love of language. Through her work at REL Central, she gathers data, analyzes findings, writes reports, edits deliverables, and conceptualizes protocols with the research teams. She also supports study teams through outreach, participant recruitment, and creating and maintaining two-way communication among stakeholders and researchers.
Ms. Reale received her bachelor of arts from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and her master of education from Vanderbilt University. Her research interests include the identification and application of international best practices, the influence of parent involvement on student achievement, and the development of equitable education opportunities.
Nathan Roberson, Research
Nathan Roberson is an Associate with Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, Inc., in Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining the team at APA he worked at the Institute of Behavioral Sciences alongside some of the most renowned social scientist. His research focuses on good governance with a special emphasis on political agency and access for marginalized and disenfranchised peoples. At APA he works extensively on the REL-Central (Regional Education Lab) and early literacy program initiatives.
Mr. Roberson graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder with his BA and holds an MA from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He is passionate about teacher performance/evaluation, “Closing the Achievement Gap,” and innovative approaches to education including bilingual education and extended learning time. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn Rooney, Analytic Resource
Kathryn Rooney is a senior associate with Augenblick, Palaich and Associates (APA). An APA staff member since 2008, Ms. Rooney has a background in educational evaluation and extensive experience with data collection and analysis. For the past four years at APA, Ms. Rooney has managed the parent and provider survey evaluation of the Denver Preschool Program. This effort includes the creation and administration of parent and provider surveys as well as analysis and presentation of the results.
Prior to her work at APA, Ms. Rooney worked as a lead researcher at the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC), where she led several large projects including a research study of 38 high schools nationwide that effectively prepare their students for college. This project involved multiple interviews, focus groups, as well as extensive qualitative analysis at each high school. Ms. Rooney holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. email@example.com
Megan Schutz, Communications Specialist
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Yilan Shen, Research
Yilan Shen joined Augenblick, Palaich, and Associates as an associate in 2013. At APA, Yilan has focused on teacher effectiveness issues and program research and evaluations at REL Central. Yilan began her career in the public sector by serving the counties of Colorado and learning local government issues working at Colorado Counties, Inc. where she built her research and communication skills. Yilan turned to education policy at the National Conference of State Legislatures, where she worked on a multitude of issues such as school choice, standards, school safety, and completed research on charter schools, state academic standards, and education reform topics. She also staffed the NCSL Standing Committee on Education. Before joining APA, Yilan completed a fellowship at the Donnell-Kay Foundation of Colorado where she worked on a range of policy areas affecting Colorado education including school leadership, broadband access, facilities, and school accountability. Yilan also previously interned at the Colorado State Legislature, served on the Colorado State Review Panel and taught at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, Denver. Yilan has extensive survey experience, legislative and legal research skills, and a background in quantitative and qualitative research.
Yilan holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas. Yilan is the product of Chinese and American education systems, so she has plenty to say about both. email@example.com
Carla Sutton, Dissemination
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, Fiscal
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Xin Wang, Research
Xin Wang, Ph.D. is a Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation located in Denver, Colorado. In her role, she is responsible for developing and implementing research designs; managing evaluation projects; literature reviews; instrument design, development, and validation; quantitative analysis of data; and report writing. She also has a variety of experience in conducting research and working with a variety of institutions of higher education and education agencies.
Dr. Wang earned both her bachelor of arts degree from Foreign Languages College, Ocean University of China, Qingdao. She earned her master of arts degree in Applied Linguistics and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. email@example.com.
Simon Workman, Research
Simon Workman is an Associate with Augenblick, Palaich and Associates, Inc., in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Workman has extensive experience conducting state policy analyses and literature reviews, focusing on topics such as job-embedded professional development and teacher mentoring. In his current role Mr. Workman has led an extended-learning time project with the National Center on Time and Learning, has worked extensively on an early childhood cost model for New York state and is the co-author of the 2012 Denver Preschool Program Evaluation Report.
Prior to joining APA, Mr. Workman completed an internship at the National Conference of State Legislatures where he analyzed and tracked state legislation and responded to information requests from legislators, legislative staff and members of the media. Mr. Workman began his career with Citi Private Bank, managing professional development programs for bankers and product specialists in the European and North American regions. In this role, Mr. Workman created online, classroom and workbook-based training modules, developed a professional development career framework, and conducted rigorous program assessments and evaluations. Mr. Workman holds a BA from the University of Wales, Swansea, and an MA in Public Administration and Public Policy from the University of York, England. firstname.lastname@example.org
David C. Yanoski, Research
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