As the Director of Research and Evaluation at Township High School District 214 in suburban Chicago, Jeffrey coordinates district-wide assessment policy and administration of national, state and district testing for 12,000 high school students across six comprehensive high schools, and four alternative education sites. He helps facilitate the Chicago Area Directors of Curriculum and Assessment (CADCA) working group which works with College Board and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to improve administration and implementation of the College Board suite of assessments across the state.
In his role at THSD214, and as the prior Director of Institutional Research at Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast, Jeffrey supports program and curricular assessment projects for accreditation and process improvement, including the design and implementation of student and staff assessment instruments. At the Missouri Department of Higher Education he was the staff coordinator of the Learning Assessment in Missouri Postsecondary Education (LAMP) advisory council working with institutional assessment professionals and academic officers at local high schools, community colleges, universities, and the state K-12 board of education to develop assessment policy around Common Core Standards, best practices and benchmark standards for entry, general education, completion, and workforce readiness assessment issues.
Jeffrey has taught courses in Sociology at the University of St. Francis. He is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership at Concordia University of Chicago and holds an M.A. in Sociology form the University of Notre Dame, a M.Div from Louisville Seminary, and a B.A. in Religious Studies, and Music from William Jewell College.
Dr. Kelberlau’s career in education spans twenty six years, all in the state of Nebraska. He spent ten years as a high school mathematics teacher and sixteen years at the central office level. During this time, he completed the Nebraska Assessment Cohort at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL). This eighteen-hour graduate program focused on increasing the assessment literacy of leaders, improving classroom assessment practices, and preparing teachers for leadership roles. Upon completion, he became a teaching assistant for six years in which he contributed to books and articles regarding assessment literacy.
He currently serves as the Executive Director of Assessment, Research, and Evaluation for the Millard Public Schools (third largest school district in Nebraska). Major tasks include directing the assessment system, collecting, analyzing and interpreting data, and designing program evaluations. He also is currently an adjunct professor in the department of Educational Administration at the University of Nebraska – Kearney where he teaches graduate courses in assessment leadership.
Dr. Kelberlau holds a Ph.D. in Quantitative, Qualitative, & Psychometric Methods in Education from UNL. He has earned a M.S. ED. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Instructional Technology and a B.A. in Mathematics.
Stephen was recently Senior Research Scientist – Assessment and Technology at CRESST-UCLA . His work focused primarily on several projects for the U.S. Navy. Stephen has worked as a Program Evaluation Specialist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools and Director of Research, Assessment, and Evaluation for Wichita Public Schools. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE).
Earlier in his career, Stephen worked independently as a subcontractor designing, developing, and/or editing several pre-NCLB state assessments, including those for Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, and Texas. He also served as the project director on the English, writing, and social science components of the Stanford Achievement Test (8th Edition) at The Psychological Corporation after working at RMC Research Corporation and being one of the founders of Advanced Systems in Measurement and Evaluation (now Measured Progress). After earning his Master’s degree in Research Design at Boston College, Stephen spent an additional four years pursuing his doctorate in the Educational Measurement and Statistics program at the University of Iowa. He began his career in education as a high school English and social studies teacher in Randolph, MA; Charlotte Amalie, USVI; and Catskill, NY.
Term: 2020-21 to 2021-22
Sherry Rose-Bond has had a diverse career as a life-long educator, whether as a classroom teacher, an evaluator of educational programs for a major test and text publisher, an R and D Lab educational research consultant, a school district testing associate and evaluator, a state-wide evaluation and measurement technical assistance specialist, a college director of testing, and, ultimately, a district assessment director. She worked in Chicago, New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Columbus, Ohio. She served on many committees, boards and as an officer or a consultant to such organizations as NATD, ACT, AIR, and NAAD. She also founded the Ohio Test Directors Alliance.
Although she retired a number of years ago, she has kept her hand in the field as a measurement and assessment consultant. She also created a Jane Austen Reading Group and is working to complete writing her Jane Austen manual. Along with everyone else, she has been juggling her priorities while on coronavirus “house arrest” but is looking forward to the opportunity of again serving NAAD.
Term: 2019-20 to 2020-21
Jennifer McCreadie is now retired after heading the research, evaluation, and assessment units for the Madison, Wisconsin, and Indianapolis school districts for twenty years. She continued to follow national and state trends in assessment and accountability through conducting a range of program evaluations for school districts and universities, supporting SEAs, reviewing policies for assessing and accommodating English language learners, and encouraging use of assessment data for instructional decisions and peer review as a Senior Research Scientist and Director of Evaluation at The George Washington University Center for Equity and Excellence in Education. She also taught graduate courses in research and evaluation methods at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Syracuse University. Jennifer has served as president and secretary of the Directors of Research and Evaluation and was an NAAD board member 2013-2016.
Term: 2018-19 to 2020-21
Dr. Adrienne Bailey brings with her over 25 years of experience working in the fields of education and social justice to support disenfranchised youth living in urban and rural communities throughout the world. She is currently a senior consultant providing strategic coaching and equity solutions to urban schools, district leaders and boards of education.
Adrienne previously served as Senior Consultant for the Panasonic Foundation, where she contributed to the development of a system-wide equity assessment tool and supported the Highline (WA) and Elizabeth (NJ) school districts across a spectrum of equity initiatives. Prior work includes: Senior Liaison at Stanford University’s Center for Opportunity Policy in Education/LEADS where her focus was on high school redesign in the Dallas Independent School District, ExEL coach, Harvard University where she concentrated on improving teaching and learning in the Worcester (MA) public schools and Program Manager, Stupski Foundation with responsibility for strategic implementation in the areas of accountability, literacy, communications/community engagement and leadership development in East Baton Rouge and Cleveland school districts. Previously, Bailey was Study Director for the Standards and Assessment Partnership, Consortium for School Research, University of Chicago; Senior Consultant, Council of Great City Schools; Deputy Superintendent for Instruction, Chicago Public Schools, and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director, Educational Equality Project, The College Board. She has also served as a member of the Illinois State Board of Education and was a past president of the National Association of State Boards of Education.
Dr. Bailey has written and spoken widely on issues of academic standards, assessment and equity. She holds a BA from Mundelien College, M.Ed from Wayne State University and a PhD from Northwestern University.
Term: 2018-19 to 2021-22
Amy Gil is the Director of the Division of Research, Evaluation and Assessment for Elizabeth Public Schools in Elizabeth, New Jersey. She has served the Elizabeth school district since 1998, including as a teacher and vice principal before her appointment as director in 2007. As the Director of REA, Mrs. Gil leads the district’s state-wide assessment program, the collection of Civil Rights Data, and the management of an online benchmark assessment system used to administer quarterly benchmarks to more than 28,000 students in grades K-12 who speak more than 40 different home languages. Her teaching and school administration experiences have guided her work in collecting, analyzing, and delivering data to the school board, superintendent, central administration, and school administration in a manner that has influenced instructional board policy, inspired effective school leadership, and empowered teachers to provide focused and impactful classroom instruction. Since 2007, through a steadfast commitment to collecting and analyzing data, monitoring progress, and prescribing necessary interventions, Elizabeth Public Schools’ graduation rate has increased to 82% and the district as a whole has continued to be a leader in student assessment performance in comparison to districts of similar size and demographics.
Term: 2019-20 to 2022-23
Dr. Bonnie Strykowski is currently an analyst and program evaluator in the Department of Research and Evaluation at Mesa Public Schools, Mesa Arizona. Dr. Strykowski worked in Prek-12 public education serving as Director of Accountability, Research, Evaluation and Testing departments in public school districts in Illinois and Ohio. Dr. Strykowski has taught graduate level courses in Research and Assessment. She has over two decades of experience with psychological and educational testing. She a Past President for both the National Association of Test Directors (NATD) and the Directors of Research and Evaluation (DRE).She is a member of the Arizona Educational Research Association (AERO) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Term:2020-21 to 2023-24
Leigh Bennett has served as a Testing Specialist and Testing Supervisor for Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools for the last 9 years. Loudoun is one of the largest school divisions in the state with 87 schools and over 77,000 students. She is responsible for division-level administration of state and federal assessments including gifted assessment, English Language Proficiency assessment, cumulative state assessments (SOL tests) and alternate/alternative tests. Her office works collaboratively with the Research Office to produce various reports summarizing and analyzing benchmark assessments, student growth assessments and performance-based assessments. She is always looking for ways to implement technology into office practices and student assessment experiences, as well as improving service delivery for schools.