2006 NEI CREATE Conference

Expanding Research and Promising Practices In Personnel, Program and Student Evaluation

Conference Program

2006 Keynote Speakers

Robert LinnRobert Linn, PhD

Robert Linn is the 2006 National Evaluation Institute Millman Award Winner.

Robert L. Linn is retired professor of education at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Co-director of CRESST. Receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a specialization in psychometrics in 1965, Dr. Linn has published over 150 articles dealing with a wide range of theoretical and practical issues in educational measurement. He has served as president of the National Council on Measurement in education, President of the division of Evaluation and Measurement of the American Psychological Association, and Vice president of the American Educational Research Association for the Division of Measurement and Research Methodology. Among the many honors Dr. Linn has received for his contributions to educational measurement are the E. L. Thorndike Award in 1992, the E. F. Lindquist Award in 1993, and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational Research in 1997. Dr. Linn has participated in the development of Standards; he was chair of the Writing Task Force for Student Evaluation Standards (2003).

Veronica ThomasVeronica G. Thomas, PhD

Veronica G. Thomas is a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies at Howard University and a Senior Research Associate at the University’s Capstone Institute. Her interests include culturally and contextually responsive evaluation, the education and socio-emotional development of underrepresented youth, gender roles, and the psychology of women. Dr. Thomas has authored or co-authored scholarship published in outlets such as the New Directions for Evaluations, Adolescence, Educational Leadership, Review of Research in Education, Journal of Negro Education, Journal of Black Psychology, Family Relations: Journal of Applied Family and Child Studies, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling (British spelling), Women and Health, Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, and the Journal of Social Psychology.

Sam StringfieldSam Stringfield, PhD

stringfieldSam Stringfield is the Academic Director of the Nystrand Center of Excellence in Education, a Distinguished University Scholar, acting chair of the Educational Counseling Psychology Department, and a Professor in the Departments of Teaching and Learning and Leadership, Foundations, and Human Resource Education at the University of Louisville. He was formerly a Principal Research Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS). He is also the founding editor of the Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk (JESPAR), and a member of the City of Baltimore's New Board of School Commissioners. Stringfield has authored over 100 articles, chapters, and books. His research focuses on designs for improving programs within schools, for improving whole schools, for improving systemic supports for schools serving disadvantaged schools, and international comparisons of school effects.

C. Jackson GraysonC. Jackson Grayson, Jr

JacksonGraysonDr. Grayson has a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in business from the Harvard Business School. His academic career has included professorships at Harvard, Stanford, Tulane, and SMU, and he has taught in business schools in France and Switzerland. He has also been a Dean of two business schools—at Tulane University and at SMU—where he became known for instituting innovations in business education.

During is experience with controls, Dr. Grayson became aware of how important productivity was to the economic well-being of the nation, how American productivity growth had begun to slow, and the rising competition from abroad. He was one of the first people in the nation to sound the alarm about our sagging productivity and competitiveness. After he left Washington, Dr. Grayson returned to the private sector and founded the non-profit American Productivity & Quality Center, APQC in Houston, Texas to alert the nation to the danger and to work on improving American competitiveness.

In 1997, APQC launched an effort to help the education sector to restructure and improve student achievement and system performance, drawing on the methodologies and lessons learned over its twenty year existence.

2006 Presentations