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WWC reviews take place within specialized review teams. Each review team has a content expert, methodological expert, and review staff.

Click on the topics below for information about key staff for each team.

Adolescent Literacy

Andrei Streke, Ph.D.
Co-Methodological Lead, 2014 - 2018

Timothy Shanahan, Ph.D.
Content Expert, 2008 - 2018

The team conducted reviews using the Adolescent Literacy Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Beginning Reading

Andrei Streke, Ph.D.
Co-Methodological Lead, 2014 - 2018

Allan Porowski, M.P.A
Co-Methodological Lead, 2014 - 2018

Timothy Shanahan, Ph.D.
Content Expert, 2005 - 2018

The team conducted reviews using the Beginning Reading Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Character Education

David Osher, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, 2005 - 2007
Methodological Lead, 2005 - 2007

The team conducted reviews using the Character Education Interventions Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Charter Schools

Kevin Booker, Ph.D.
Methodological Lead, 2016 - 2018

Brian Gill, Ph.D.
Content Expert, 2016 - 2018

The team conducted reviews using the Charter Schools Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Children and Students With an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Martha Bleeker, Ph.D.
Methodological Lead, 2016 - 2018

Glen Dunlap, Ph.D.
Content Expert, 2009 - 2018

Phillip S. Strain, Ph.D.
Content Expert, 2009 - 2018

The team conducted reviews using the Children and Students With an Autism Spectrum Disorder Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Children and Students With Intellectual Disability

Martha Bleeker, Ph.D.
Methodological Lead, 2016 - 2018

Michael L Wehmeyer, Ph.D.
Content Expert, 2010 - 2018

The team conducted reviews using the Children and Students with Intellectual Disability Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Children Identified With or at Risk for an Emotional Disturbance

Martha Bleeker, Ph.D.
Methodological Lead, 2016 - 2018

Robert Horner, Ph.D.
Content Expert, 2010 - 2018

The team conducted reviews using the Children Identified With or at Risk for an Emotional Disturbance Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Developmental Education

Allan Porowski, M.P.A
Co-Methodological Lead, 2016 - present

Allan Porowski is the Lead Methodologist on Abt’s WWC Postsecondary Education, Postsecondary Preparation and Evidence Reporting (WWC-PEPPER) contract. A Principal Associate at Abt Associates, Mr. Porowski has a wide range of experience in the design and conduct of rigorous research studies, as well as in research synthesis and dissemination. Mr. Porowski has supported and provided leadership on the WWC since 2003. He currently serves as a Principal Investigator on WWC-OREGANO and as co-Lead Methodologist for the WWC-OREGANO Literacy review teams (beginning reading and adolescent literacy). In a previous position, he managed the WWC Help Desk and served as Project Coordinator on the dropout prevention topic review. In addition, Mr. Porowski has served as a reviewer on a number of WWC topic review and practice guide review teams, including math, character education, out-of-school time, and foundational reading. Mr. Porowski has served as Principal Investigator on other systematic review efforts for the Texas Education Agency, including the Texas Best Practices Clearinghouse and a study of best practices in dropout prevention. He also currently contributes to Abt’s evaluation of the Investing in Innovation (i3) program and serves as Principal Investigator on an evaluation of the AARP Foundation’s Experience Corps program. Mr. Porowski is coauthor of Applied Policy Research: Concepts and Cases (2017), published by Routledge.

Sandra Jo Wilson, Ph.D.
Co-Methodological Lead, 2017 - present

Dr. Sandra Jo Wilson is the Co-Methodological Lead on the WWC Postsecondary Education, Postsecondary Preparation, and Evidence Reporting contract. A Principal Associate at Abt, Dr. Wilson is an expert in the design and execution of systematic reviews and meta-analysis, with nearly 20 years of experience leading reviews on educational and social programs. She has served in leadership roles on Practice Guides for the WWC and is an author of several WWC protocols. She is also a certified and experienced reviewer. Prior to joining Abt, Dr. Wilson led WWC reviews in the Transition to College and Supporting Postsecondary Success topic areas, conducted reviewer training, and was Principal Investigator and director on multiple systematic review and meta-analysis projects. Dr. Wilson has broad content experience, as evidenced by her work on topics in early childhood education, school-based prevention programs, high school dropout prevention, and postsecondary education.

Judith Alamprese, M.A.
Senior Postsecondary Advisor, 2016 - present

Judith Alamprese is a Senior Postsecondary Advisor on Abt’s WWC Postsecondary Education, Postsecondary Preparation and Evidence Reporting contract. A Principal Scientist at Abt Associates, Ms. Alamprese has led research and evaluation studies in postsecondary education, adult education, and workforce development for four decades. She has broad experience in the design and implementation of rigorous research studies, the translation of research to practice, and the design and implementation of state and national dissemination systems. She is currently the principal investigator of two IES studies examining the impacts of academic preparation and advising on adult learners’ postsecondary participation, and of an impact study of the effects of mobile apps on college students’ persistence and completion. For the past decade, Ms. Alamprese has focused on the development of career pathways, including leading evaluations of integrated education and occupational training programs and the expansion of postsecondary education in biosciences. She has published on topics such as the role of interagency coordination in career pathways systems, reading instruction for low-skilled adults, and family literacy and workplace literacy. She has served on two adult literacy committees for the National Academies' Board on Testing and Assessment. She was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the 6th International Conference on Adult Education.

The team conducts reviews using the Developmental Education Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently active and conducting reviews.

Dropout Prevention

Mark Dynarski, Ph.D.
Methodological Lead, 2014 - 2016
Content Expert, 2014 - 2016
Content Expert, 2008 - 2010

The team conducted reviews using the Dropout Prevention Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Early Childhood Education

Laurie Bozzi, Ph.D.
Co-Methodological Lead, 2013 - 2017

Anne Wolf, Ph.D.
Co-Methodological Lead, 2013 - 2017

Michael López, Ph.D.
Content Expert, 2013 - 2017

The team conducted reviews using the Early Childhood Education Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Early Childhood Education for Children with Disabilities

Joshua Furgeson, Ph.D.
Methodological Lead, 2014 - 2016

Donna Spiker, Ph.D.
Content Expert, 2008 - 2016

The team conducted reviews using the Early Childhood Education for Children with Disabilities Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

English Language Learners

Russell Gersten, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator, 2005 - 2016
Methodological Lead, 2005 - 2016
Content Expert, 2005 - 2016

The team conducted reviews using the English Language Learners Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Interventions for Students in Developmental Education

Emily Tanner-Smith, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, 2012 - 2018

The team conducted reviews using the Developmental Education Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Primary Mathematics

Mark Dynarski, Ph.D.
Methodological Lead, 2015 - 2018

Tom Loveless, Ph.D.
Content Expert, 2013 - 2018

The team conducted reviews using the Primary Mathematics Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Science

Steve Schneider
Principal Investigator, 2011 - 2015
Content Expert, 2011 - 2015

Andrei Streke, Ph.D.
Methodological Lead, 2011 - 2015

The team conducted reviews using the Science Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Secondary Mathematics

Mark Dynarski, Ph.D.
Methodological Lead, 2015 - 2018

Tom Loveless, Ph.D.
Content Expert, 2013 - 2018

The team conducted reviews using the Secondary Mathematics Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Students with Learning Disabilities

Martha Bleeker, Ph.D.
Methodological Lead, 2016 - 2018

Sharon Vaughn, Ph.D.
Content Expert, 2009 - 2018

The team conducted reviews using the Students with a Specific Learning Disability Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Supporting Postsecondary Success

Allan Porowski, M.P.A
Co-Methodological Lead, 2016 - present

Allan Porowski is the Lead Methodologist on Abt’s WWC Postsecondary Education, Postsecondary Preparation and Evidence Reporting (WWC-PEPPER) contract. A Principal Associate at Abt Associates, Mr. Porowski has a wide range of experience in the design and conduct of rigorous research studies, as well as in research synthesis and dissemination. Mr. Porowski has supported and provided leadership on the WWC since 2003. He currently serves as a Principal Investigator on WWC-OREGANO and as co-Lead Methodologist for the WWC-OREGANO Literacy review teams (beginning reading and adolescent literacy). In a previous position, he managed the WWC Help Desk and served as Project Coordinator on the dropout prevention topic review. In addition, Mr. Porowski has served as a reviewer on a number of WWC topic review and practice guide review teams, including math, character education, out-of-school time, and foundational reading. Mr. Porowski has served as Principal Investigator on other systematic review efforts for the Texas Education Agency, including the Texas Best Practices Clearinghouse and a study of best practices in dropout prevention. He also currently contributes to Abt’s evaluation of the Investing in Innovation (i3) program and serves as Principal Investigator on an evaluation of the AARP Foundation’s Experience Corps program. Mr. Porowski is coauthor of Applied Policy Research: Concepts and Cases (2017), published by Routledge.

Sandra Jo Wilson, Ph.D.
Co-Methodological Lead, 2017 - present

Dr. Sandra Jo Wilson is the Co-Methodological Lead on the WWC Postsecondary Education, Postsecondary Preparation, and Evidence Reporting contract. A Principal Associate at Abt, Dr. Wilson is an expert in the design and execution of systematic reviews and meta-analysis, with nearly 20 years of experience leading reviews on educational and social programs. She has served in leadership roles on Practice Guides for the WWC and is an author of several WWC protocols. She is also a certified and experienced reviewer. Prior to joining Abt, Dr. Wilson led WWC reviews in the Transition to College and Supporting Postsecondary Success topic areas, conducted reviewer training, and was Principal Investigator and director on multiple systematic review and meta-analysis projects. Dr. Wilson has broad content experience, as evidenced by her work on topics in early childhood education, school-based prevention programs, high school dropout prevention, and postsecondary education.

Judith Alamprese, M.A.
Senior Postsecondary Advisor, 2016 - present

Judith Alamprese is a Senior Postsecondary Advisor on Abt’s WWC Postsecondary Education, Postsecondary Preparation and Evidence Reporting contract. A Principal Scientist at Abt Associates, Ms. Alamprese has led research and evaluation studies in postsecondary education, adult education, and workforce development for four decades. She has broad experience in the design and implementation of rigorous research studies, the translation of research to practice, and the design and implementation of state and national dissemination systems. She is currently the principal investigator of two IES studies examining the impacts of academic preparation and advising on adult learners’ postsecondary participation, and of an impact study of the effects of mobile apps on college students’ persistence and completion. For the past decade, Ms. Alamprese has focused on the development of career pathways, including leading evaluations of integrated education and occupational training programs and the expansion of postsecondary education in biosciences. She has published on topics such as the role of interagency coordination in career pathways systems, reading instruction for low-skilled adults, and family literacy and workplace literacy. She has served on two adult literacy committees for the National Academies' Board on Testing and Assessment. She was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the 6th International Conference on Adult Education.

The team conducts reviews using the Supporting Postsecondary Success Review Protocol. This area is currently active and conducting reviews.

Teacher Training, Evaluation, and Compensation

James J. Lindsay, Ph.D.
Methodological Lead, 2013 - 2018

Jill M. Constantine, Ph.D.
Content Expert, 2013 - 2018

The team conducted reviews using the Teacher Training, Evaluation, and Compensation Evidence Review Protocol. This area is currently inactive and not conducting reviews.

Transition to College

Allan Porowski, M.P.A
Co-Methodological Lead, 2016 - present

Allan Porowski is the Lead Methodologist on Abt’s WWC Postsecondary Education, Postsecondary Preparation and Evidence Reporting (WWC-PEPPER) contract. A Principal Associate at Abt Associates, Mr. Porowski has a wide range of experience in the design and conduct of rigorous research studies, as well as in research synthesis and dissemination. Mr. Porowski has supported and provided leadership on the WWC since 2003. He currently serves as a Principal Investigator on WWC-OREGANO and as co-Lead Methodologist for the WWC-OREGANO Literacy review teams (beginning reading and adolescent literacy). In a previous position, he managed the WWC Help Desk and served as Project Coordinator on the dropout prevention topic review. In addition, Mr. Porowski has served as a reviewer on a number of WWC topic review and practice guide review teams, including math, character education, out-of-school time, and foundational reading. Mr. Porowski has served as Principal Investigator on other systematic review efforts for the Texas Education Agency, including the Texas Best Practices Clearinghouse and a study of best practices in dropout prevention. He also currently contributes to Abt’s evaluation of the Investing in Innovation (i3) program and serves as Principal Investigator on an evaluation of the AARP Foundation’s Experience Corps program. Mr. Porowski is coauthor of Applied Policy Research: Concepts and Cases (2017), published by Routledge.

Michael Frye, Ph.D.
Co-Methodological Lead, 2016 - present

Dr. Michael Frye is the Project Director on Abt’s WWC Postsecondary Education, Postsecondary Preparation and Evidence Reporting contract. Dr. Frye is an Associate at Abt Associates and has more than 10 years of experience conducting evaluations, primarily in the field of education at the K–12 and postsecondary levels. He has led systematic reviews on three projects—the Evaluation of i3, the WWC PK-12 review, and Striving Readers. Dr. Frye has been WWC certified since 2012, and he has conducted reviews for the WWC Beginning Reading and Early Childhood Education topic areas. In addition to leading systematic review tasks, Dr. Frye serves as Deputy Project Director on Abt’s Robin Hood College Success Prize study—a randomized controlled trial designed to test the impact of two technology interventions on the retention and graduation rates of community college students. Prior to joining Abt Associates in 2012, Dr. Frye was a Research Associate at RMC Research Corporation, where he served as a Project Director and quantitative analyst on the evaluation team.

Judith Alamprese, M.A.
Senior Postsecondary Advisor, 2016 - present

Judith Alamprese is a Senior Postsecondary Advisor on Abt’s WWC Postsecondary Education, Postsecondary Preparation and Evidence Reporting contract. A Principal Scientist at Abt Associates, Ms. Alamprese has led research and evaluation studies in postsecondary education, adult education, and workforce development for four decades. She has broad experience in the design and implementation of rigorous research studies, the translation of research to practice, and the design and implementation of state and national dissemination systems. She is currently the principal investigator of two IES studies examining the impacts of academic preparation and advising on adult learners’ postsecondary participation, and of an impact study of the effects of mobile apps on college students’ persistence and completion. For the past decade, Ms. Alamprese has focused on the development of career pathways, including leading evaluations of integrated education and occupational training programs and the expansion of postsecondary education in biosciences. She has published on topics such as the role of interagency coordination in career pathways systems, reading instruction for low-skilled adults, and family literacy and workplace literacy. She has served on two adult literacy committees for the National Academies' Board on Testing and Assessment. She was a member of the U.S. Delegation to the 6th International Conference on Adult Education.

The team conducts reviews using the Transition to College Review Protocol. This area is currently active and conducting reviews.

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