About
McREL

About McREL

What We Do

McREL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and development organization that’s been helping teachers and school leaders perfect their craft for more than 50 years. We help educators flourish by turning research into solutions that transform teaching, learning, and leading across the U.S. and around the world.

We work closely and comfortably with both ed-tech developers and educators to implement and study the effects of ed-tech tools on student learning and educator efficacy. Our researchers excel at data collection, analysis and interpretation, and they’ll provide the guidance you need to demonstrate the effectiveness of, and make improvements to, your product.

Call us at 800.858.6830, email us at info@mcrel.org, or complete the form below and one of our staff will contact you.

To learn more about McREL’s services to K–12 educators, visit our main website: www.McREL.org.

Locations

Headquarters
4601 DTC Boulevard, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80237
303.337.0990 or 800.858.6830
Honolulu
1003 Bishop Street, Suite 2200, Honolulu, HI 96813
808.664.8175 or 877.768.9222(toll free from AS, RMI, and US)
Charleston
500 Virginia Street East, Suite 500, Charleston, WV 25301
303.337.0990 or 800.858.6830

Our Research and Evaluation Staff

Research Directors

Sheila Arens
Sheila Arens
Executive Director of Research & Evaluation
303.632.5625
Sheila Arens
Sheila Arens
Executive Director of Research & Evaluation
Sheila brings a wide variety of experience in basic and applied research to her work at McREL, where she leads research and program evaluation projects that translate to better teaching, better learning, and more effective system improvement. She supervises research and program evaluation staff and oversees large-scale studies, including those for federally funded grants and contracts. She also serves as principal investigator and methodological and project advisor to the research team.
Phillip Herman
Phillip Herman
Executive Director of Research
808.614.8187
Phillip Herman
Phillip Herman
Executive Director of Research
Phillip is dedicated to understanding the science of learning, and how best to design and implement learning innovations and methodologies. As director of the REL Pacific at McREL, Phillip leads a team of researchers whose goals are to study and improve the educational outcomes of students in the Pacific Region, including Hawaii, three U.S. territories, and the freely associated states. Previously, Phillip was a director of research at the University of Pittsburgh and Northwestern University.
Dale Lewis
Dale Lewis
Senior Director of Research, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance
303.632.5522
Dale Lewis
Dale Lewis
Senior Director of Research, Evaluation, and Technical Assistance
Big-picture systemic improvement for schools and services for special populations of students are Dale’s areas of expertise and experience. He provides strategic vision, direction, and leadership in the development, planning, and implementation of a wide variety of consulting services and technical assistance for districts and education systems. Previously, Dale was director of the Texas Comprehensive Center and director of special education for a cooperative of five Texas school districts.
Tedra Clark
Tedra Clark
Research Director
303.632.5629
Tedra Clark
Tedra Clark
Research Director
Tedra provides strategic leadership in developing, planning, and implementing research endeavors in education, particularly in the areas of school climate, instructional practices, formative assessment, and professional development. With more than a decade of experience in cognitive science research and applied education research, Tedra’s expertise includes research design, instrument development, data collection, statistical analysis (including psychometric analysis, hierarchical linear modeling, structural equation modeling, and longitudinal growth modeling), research synthesis, and dissemination.

Managing Researchers & Evaluators

Shelby Danks
Managing Researcher
303.632.5653
Tara Donahue
Managing Evaluator
303.632.5551
Kimberly Good
Managing Evaluator
303.632.5546
Hsiang-Yeh Ho
Managing Evaluator
304.347.1845
Susan Shebby
Managing Researcher
303.632.5613

Researchers & Evaluators

Max Altman
Researcher
808.664.8179
Marisa Crowder
Researcher
808.664.8181
Lisa Jones
Researcher
303.632.5517
Amy Cordier
Research Associate
303.632.5524
Erin D'Amelio
Research Associate
808.664.58183
Brittney Fraumeni
Research Associate
303.632.5560
Bradley Rentz
Research Associate
808.664.8184
Mathias Smrekar
Research Associate
303.632.5590

Program Manager

Lisa Maxfield
Program Manager
303.632.5561
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