Brian Gill serves as the Director for REL Mid-Atlantic, as well as lead for the Accountability Community of Practice partnership. Dr. Gill has worked closely with state and local education agencies, nonprofits, and funders in the Mid-Atlantic region for more than a decade, providing technical support, communicating research findings, and producing reports that have informed education policy in the region and beyond. He has established connections with dozens of policymakers and education stakeholders across all the states and several districts in the region and has extensive experience meeting their diverse needs, ranging from the refinement of accountability systems to the development of improved measures of school and educators’ performance. Dr. Gill can be contacted at RELMidAtlantic@mathematica-mpr.com.
AnnaMaria McCutcheon serves as the Deputy Director for REL Mid-Atlantic and has 15 years of experience effectively managing projects. She directly oversees the operations and project teams to meet client and partner needs in the region. Ms. McCutcheon ensures high quality, timely, and cost-effective work through strong collaboration, deep understanding of partner needs, and application of project management best practices. She has extensive experience on other education projects such as REL Peer Review and the What Works Clearinghouse. McCutcheon has successfully applied human-centered design and continuous improvement techniques to improve service delivery in human services programs. She holds an M.B.A. and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Ms. McCutcheon can be contacted at RELMidAtlantic@mathematica-mpr.com.
Lauren Scher leads the partnership focused on evidence to refine and implement a revised teacher evaluation system. Dr. Scher has extensive experience in technical assistance, building partnerships, and engaging in high-quality, peer-reviewed research. She has a strong understanding of the challenges LEAs and SEAs face in recruiting, retaining, and supporting a strong teacher workforce. Throughout her career, she has led or overseen the development of numerous technical support products, including webinars, tip sheets, and guidance documents. Dr. Scher also brings experience working closely with partners to conduct and use research. Dr. Scher can be contacted at RELMidAtlantic@mathematica-mpr.com.
Lauren Amos leads the partnership focused on building and sustaining healthy, trauma-informed schools through supporting social emotional recovery. Dr. Amos has 20 years of experience in program evaluation, technical assistance, and design research to support federal, state, and local education agency efforts to improve disparities and disproportionality in the public education, juvenile justice, and child welfare systems. Dr. Amos specializes in designing interactive decision support tools for practitioners, such as a discipline disparities risk assessment tool to help schools and districts visualize and make evidence-informed decisions. Dr. Amos can be contacted at RELMidAtlantic@mathematica-mpr.com.
Christine Ross leads the partnership on supporting evidence use to promote equity. Dr. Ross has worked with policymakers and practitioners throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to conduct high quality research that builds partners’ capacity to use data to improve student outcomes, including measures of school climate and early education outcomes. Her experience spans studies that use a range of methodologies, including implementation studies and RCTs. Dr. Ross previously led a research alliance on early education from birth through grade 3 and she has served as principal investigator for the WWC’s early childhood area. Dr. Ross can be contacted at RELMidAtlantic@mathematica-mpr.com.
Stephen Lipscomb leads a partnership focused on using measurement and evidence to improve racial equity in educational opportunities and outcomes for students. Dr. Lipscomb also oversees all of REL Mid-Atlantic’s partnership work as the task leader for working in partnership with stakeholders. In this role, he has helped REL Mid-Atlantic develop and maintain education partnerships in the region, develop logic models, and identify outcomes to guide partnership work. He has also contributed to the design of several technical assistance and research projects and co-developed a guide to help families and caregivers implement at home the WWC practice guide recommendations for educators to support elementary writing. Dr. Lipscomb can be contacted at RELMidAtlantic@mathematica-mpr.com.
Steven Malick leads the REL Mid-Atlantic Training, Coaching, and Technical Support efforts. He also leads the partnership on using technology to improve instructional practice and student engagement. Malick specializes in working with districts, states, and other organizations to understand and apply evidence in service of improving educator effectiveness and student achievement. An experienced facilitator of adult learning experiences, Malick often employs human-centered design principles and continuous improvement framework to help educators unpack the challenges they face and realize evidence-informed approaches to tackle those challenges. This work has included consulting with clients to help them apply data and research; designing and facilitating workshops, webinars, and communities of practice; assembling expert feedback to inform clients’ efforts; and distilling research on complex topics into easy-to-read briefs. These technical assistance activities have helped clients increase the diversity of the teacher workforce, develop social-emotional competencies in children, and accelerate implementation of research-based strategies. Malick can be contacted at RELMidAtlantic@mathematica-mpr.com.
Joanne Lee leads the partnership to increase equity in career education and outcomes. Ms. Lee has a decade of experience designing and conducting evaluations of programs serving children, youth, and families. She has analyzed complex administrative and survey data on studies of unemployment insurance and outcomes for federal and local agencies. Ms. Lee can be contacted at RELMidAtlantic@mathematica-mpr.com.
Julie Bruch will lead the development of the toolkit supporting the WWC’s elementary writing practice guide. Ms. Bruch has broad expertise in studying the implementation and outcomes of education programs at the K–12 and postsecondary levels, and she has experience partnering with state and local education agencies, policymakers, and practitioners in the Mid-Atlantic region to understand and respond to research needs, including with Pittsburgh Public Schools, NJDOE, and the DC Public Charter School Board. Ms. Bruch has provided coaching and technical support to school districts, professional development providers, community colleges, and education intervention developers, covering topics such as identifying and assessing evidence, study design, defining and measuring outcomes, and program implementation. She also has more than a decade of experience assessing evidence and developing products for researchers and practitioners as part of the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC). Ms. Bruch can be contacted at RELMidAtlantic@mathematica-mpr.com.
Saroja Warner will lead the partnership focused on increasing teacher diversity. A former teacher, Dr. Warner has expertise in educator workforce initiatives and culturally responsive teaching, leading, and school cultures. This work focuses on developing and retaining an effective, culturally responsive, and racially and linguistically diverse educator workforce and increasing educators’ and leaders’ use of policies and practices that promote successful and equitable learning outcomes for each student. Dr. Warner has served as co-director of two Comprehensive Centers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Before joining WestEd, she was the director of teacher workforce initiatives at the Council of Chief State School Officers; in that role, she led several national initiatives, including the Diverse and Learner-Ready Teachers Initiative. She formerly served as the chief for educator preparation program approval at the MSDE and as senior director for performance, measurement, and research at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Dr. Warner can be contacted at RELMidAtlantic@mathematica-mpr.com.