My Approach

My philosophy of consulting, teaching and advising is influenced by work I have done in the field over the course of my career to support educators and policymakers as life-long learners. I strongly believe in:

  • providing opportunities for leaders in P-20 educational settings to learn from each other, reflect on real-world dilemmas, challenge themselves to ask hard questions, and use creative problem solving to move their organizations and programs forward.

  • understanding adult learning, including the need to respect both the experiences and values of the learners, and

  • a responsibility to help others understand and reflect on evidence-based and recommended practice as a way to inform daily decisions.

"Change your thoughts and you change your world."
-- Norman Vincent Peale

My Research

I am passionate about the research to practice to policy link.  As such I enjoy a variety of research designs and methods including nested, multi-method studies, such as studying children nested within classrooms nested within programs.

 

In terms of methodological expertise, I am adept at and have guided students in quasi-experimental designs, critical incident technique, and survey design, as well as qualitative, mixed method and action research designs using interviews, focus groups, observations, and document analysis.  I also am experienced in navigating longitudinal datasets and building datasets from multiple sources.

Examples of my research can be found through the Early Childhood Research and Development Initiative Website

You can also explore my CV.

I have profiles on Academia and ResearchGate