Program Evaluation in Gifted Education

Posted by on Friday, January 17, 2020

Evaluation of gifted programs is one of the most satisfying areas of our work at Censeo Group. My time as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) afforded me a wonderful opportunity to learn about and work with highly gifted students. It was a time in which the Research Director and I wrote and published a number of articles about out-of-level testing, psychological needs of gifted students, and assessment and identification of giftedness. It also offered me the opportunity to work with Dr. Steven Pfeiffer, author, speaker, and test developer, who invited me to work with him as co-author of the Gifted Rating Scales (GRS). The GRS is a nationally normed, standardized teacher rating scale for use in screening and assessment of gifted students. Recently MHS purchased the GRS and we are currently hard at work on the GRS-2. You can read about the GRS and our work in the area of gifted education at Gifted Assessment Insights. A recent blog post about grantwriting for gifted educators on the Gifted Assessment Insights site discusses how Censeo Group evaluators can help gifted educators plan and write the evaluation section of grant proposals. We have experience writing grant proposals for the US Department of Education Jacob...

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Science Education Podcasts

Posted by on Thursday, November 14, 2019

The Censeo Group evaluation team has been working on a number of evaluations of NSF and NIH-funded projects to support Primary Investigators and project teams as they build science curriculum materials and design professional development efforts for teachers to provide instruction aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Designing a Middle Grades Spatial Skills Curriculum; DR K112 #1720801. Dr. Nick Lux from Montana State University and his team are developing curriculum materials that use Minecraft to help teach middle school students important spatial skills. Zipping Towards STEM: Integrating Engineering Design into the Middle School Physical Science Curriculum; ITEST #1513205. The University of Akron project team developed a curriculum that brought engineering design principles into the curriculum unit on force and motion offered in the Akron Public School District. In this unit, students design, test, and redesign model stock mini-cars using computer- assisted design software, 3D printers, as well as virtual and desktop wind tunnels. PAGES: Progressing through the Ages: Global Climate Change, Evolution and Societal Well-being; NIH SEPA, R25OD020203-01A1. An ambitious teacher education program, the goal of PAGES us to empower K–12 science teachers to use high quality NGSS-aligned units that integrate ecology, evolution, and climate change topics across grade-bands. The University of Illinois team, under the lead...

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Evaluation of Health in Our Hands NIH-SEPA

Posted by on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

We are excited to support the Health In Our Hands (HiOH) team from Michigan State University in their work of developing, testing, and implementing science learning materials; blending classroom instruction and community-based learning; and examining how a community partnership can help support student science learning. This five-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award (NIH-SEPA) will give students and community members opportunities to understand, explain and apply ideas about health-related phenomena to their lives. Students will use two science curriculum units that the HiOH team previously created to investigate diabetes and addiction. By learning what controls their health, young people can understand that their genes are not the only thing that controls their health. They can make decisions and take actions to impact their own lives and the lives of their loved ones. The evaluation will examine successes and challenges of project implementation and the impact of the project on students, teachers, and the community. The evaluation will also support the community coalition in conducting a self-assessment of its processes and structures. This information will help the coalition to strengthen its impact and build stronger community connections to support student science learning. Read more about the project here: and read the press...

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Evaluation of Martin County school district, KY School Climate Transformation Grant (SCTG)

Posted by on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Trained as a school psychologist, Dr. Jarosewich is pleased to be working as the external evaluator for Martin County Schools’ five-year School Climate Transformation Grant, ACHIEVE: Martin County. Located in rural eastern Kentucky, the school district will implement a Positive Behavioral Intervention Supports System (PBIS) at Martin County Middle School and at Sheldon Clark High School. Leading the effort is the district’s school psychologist Paul Baker, who is also president of the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools (KAPS). Supporting implementation is Dr. Howie Knoff, creator of the Project ACHIEVE framework, a nationally recognized school effectiveness and school improvement program that the U. S. Department of Health & Human Service’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has designated a National Model Prevention Program. In creating the evaluation framework, Censeo Group has relied on resources from the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports OSEP National Technical Assistance Center. The following resources may be helpful to you in planning your STCG evaluation: • SCTG Webinar – YouTube video of Designing Evaluation Plans and Reports • Tool to assess implementation fidelity – SWPBIS Tiered Fidelity Inventory V2.1 • A series of evaluation briefs to help support your work. We are experts at preparing proposals for federal grants and at implementing...

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Advanced Technical Education (ATE) Program Evaluation

Posted by on Thursday, March 12, 2015

We are excited to be working with Dr. Susan Metz, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, and Dr. Sheryl Sorby, Professor at Ohio State University and Professor Emerita of Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics at Michigan Technical University, as the external evaluator of their ATE project. The goal of the project, Adapting Tested Spatial Skills Curriculum to On-Line Format for Community College Instruction: A Critical Link to Retain Technology Students, is to demonstrate that spatial skills curriculum materials used successfully in four-year institutions of higher education can be adapted and effectively used at the two-year technical college level. The team is also researching the impact of using online materials delivered through iPad activities. Partnering in this project are Del Mar College (Texas), McHenry County College (Illinois), Tidewater Community College (Virginia), and Tunxis Community College (Connecticut). Students from various departments and programs at these four institutions will participate in targeted spatial skills workshops to increase their ability to visualize, manipulate, and solve 3D application problems. We will post project updates and share information about effective evaluation processes for technical education, ATE, and community college efforts. If you are preparing a proposal for an ATE grant, contact us. We’ll be glad to discuss your project...

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