Sylvia Read

Sylvia Read is associate dean for accreditation and undergraduate studies for the College of Education and Human Services and professor in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership at Utah State University. She has been on faculty at USU since 2003 after teaching for 13 years in public schools. As associate dean, she focuses on accreditation and program approval for all programs in the college, educator licensure, student success, and recruitment. She also directs the study abroad student teaching program, through which students can choose to complete part of their student teaching experience in Chiapas, Mexico. Finally, she is engaged at state and national levels in accreditation and assessment of educator preparation programs at other institutions of higher education, including service on AAQEP working groups and Quality Review Teams. Read led USU to become the very first educator preparation provider to receive AAQEP accreditation, in spring 2019.

Books by Sylvia Read:

Using Data for Continuous Improvement in Educator Preparation provides case studies that illuminate and contextualize the ways in which educator preparation programs determine the data they need to improve, collect data, analyze data, share data with stakeholders, and close the loop by making focused improvements based on the data.

Educator preparation programs operate in a wide range of contexts that have different requirements (e.g., state-mandated measures), different affordances, and different needs. This text focuses on not only the stories of how data is collected, analyzed, and used for improvement, but also on how stakeholders are impacted by the continuous improvement process.

In the editors’ work with accreditation and educator preparation program evaluation, they noticed a variety of approaches to collecting, analyzing, and using data for program improvement. Often this intense work with data goes unnoticed and unappreciated because it is done in the service of accreditation that, once completed, does not reach an audience outside of the institution and the accreditation agency. Using Data for Continuous Improvement in Educator Preparation solves this problem by shedding light on this important work. This volume inaugurates the AAQEP Program Evaluation in Education Series.

Perfect for courses such as: Methods of Program Evaluation; Teacher Education; Improvement Science

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