Background: Cara is an associate partner with Bellwether Education Partners, focusing on issues related to evaluation and planning, research design, survey research, and quantitative data analysis. She provides technical assistance and supports capacity building related to program evaluation and quasi-experimental analysis. Cara is particularly interested in using research and evaluation to support improvement efforts in schools and districts.
Previously, Cara worked as an Evaluation Specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools, where she designed and conducted studies to inform district policies. She also has experience developing and refining teacher evaluation systems as the Assistant Director of Research and Evaluation for Urban Teachers, and conducting studies of federal education policy as a senior analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Earlier in her career, Cara taught pre-K and kindergarten in New York City. She earned her Ph.D. in Education Policy and an advanced certificate in Education Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation from the University of Maryland. Her master’s degree is from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she is also an alum of the Strategic Data Project Fellowship. Cara currently serves on the board of the Association for Education Finance and Policy.
Experience at Bellwether: program evaluation, quantitative analysis, quasi-experimental design, survey research
Sample clients: InspireNOLA, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
Why I do this work: I was in middle school when I first came across a newspaper article that highlighted the disparities in educational outcomes across schools. Ever since reading that article, I’ve been interested in schools as organizations. My goal is to use research and evaluation as tools to develop policies and practices that improve education for all students.