Fellowship Placement: Alliance for Catholic Education
Education: Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, College of Education; M.S., Pace University
Rebecca (Becca) Woodard joined Education Pioneers in Chicago in summer 2010. She spent the summer developing school and program evaluation plans for the Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education Academies (NDAA), an innovative pilot university-school partnership aimed at affecting comprehensive school reform in existing Catholic elementary schools. With a joint focus on increasing school performance and program scalability, her responsibilities included: 1) researching school evaluation methods; 2) adopting, modifying; 3) creating strong analytic instruments for evaluation; and 4) creating a strategic program evaluation and data management plan for NDAA. Becca entered the field of education as a Teach for America corps member in 2004, and has worked in education ever since. She taught fourth-grade and middle school language arts for five years in Washington Heights where she empowered students to take social action. Her students led school-wide efforts to raise almost $10,000 for new books over a two-year period. While in graduate school, Becca has worked with research teams seeking to understand how professional development in writing affects teachers' classroom practices, and how electronic writing assessment programs can better serve teachers and students.