Marie Stetser has joined NCES as program director for the Common Core of Data and the National Forum on Education Statistics. Most recently, Marie was a mathematical statistician at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She also has worked at the Office of Management and Budget, the General Accountability Office, and the Census Bureau. Marie has a broad range of statistical experience that includes population statistics, economic census data, labor force statistics, occupational employment and wage statistics, poverty and income statistics, and disclosure review techniques and policy. Marie has a master's degree in survey methodology from the University of Maryland's Joint Program in Survey Methodology.
NCEE research scientist Thomas Wei recently attended the second annual "Planning for Qualitative Research: Design, Analysis and Software Integration" conference sponsored by Temple University and Research Talk in Philadelphia, PA. Wei is the project officer on the Study of School Turnaround, a multi-year IES study that will document the change process in 60 case study schools receiving Title I School Improvement Grants. The conference provided training that focused on how best to use software to enhance and facilitate the conduct of qualitative research, including basic instructions on using qualitative data analysis tools such as ATLAS.ti and MAXqda. Other topics covered through a series of interactive workshops included standards for legitimate qualitative research and a multidimensional approach to qualitative research called "Sort & Sift, Think & Shift."