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Making the Important Measurable, Not the Measurable Important


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Dr. E. Jane Davidson, Co-founder and Chief Data Whisperer at The Learner First(TM), a world-class education consulting and capacity building business in Seattle, WA. Jane is an internationally recognized evaluation specialist and thought leader, best known for developing evaluation rubrics as a methodology for drawing conclusions about quality and value. She has also made significant contributions in the areas of causal inference for qualitative and mixed methods, and in synthesis methodologies for evaluation. From her base in New Zealand, Jane works alongside leading educational system change guru Joanne McEachen using practical educational, systems change, and evaluative know-how to create and track genuine deep change in education systems, states, districts, and schools. Jane is former Associate Director of the internationally recognized Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University, where she launched and directed the world's first fully Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation. Jane's text, Evaluation Methodology Basics: The nuts and bolts of sound evaluation (2004, Sage), has sold heavily in both the US and internationally as a graduate text and practitioner guidebook. Her minibook, Actionable Evaluation Basics: Getting succinct answers to the most important questions (2012, Real Evaluation) is also available in Spanish and - soon - French. Joanne McEachen President and Chief Destiny Changer of The Learner First(TM), a world-class education consulting and capacity building business based in Seattle, WA. Joanne is an internationally recognized whole system education change leader; originally from New Zealand. She co-founded The Learner First(TM), where Joanne unashamedly focuses, inspires and motivates learners, parents, educators, communities and system leaders to put The Learner First(TM) and dramatically lift the performance of education systems to accelerate exactly the learners that have been left behind. Drawing on her deep expertise in creating change at every level of the K-12 system, Joanne has delivered numerous keynote addresses and professional learning labs to educators internationally from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Uruguay, Finland, Australia, and New Zealand, on topics such as, Whole System Change, Educational Leadership, Authentic Assessment, and Educational Technology.

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