ELSTEM program evaluation is formally conducted by our external evaluator, Education Northwest. Ms. Elizabeth Autio and Dr. Phyllis Ault are the researchers of the Education Northwest who work with the project director for the evaluation of the ELSTEM program.
Elizabeth Autio will serve as the evaluation’s project manager, leading instrument development, data collection, report writing, and presentation of findings; she will also serve as the primary evaluation contact. Ms. Autio has conducted numerous evaluations and studies that focus on English language learners (ELLs) and literacy more broadly. She currently is the project coordinator for an IES-funded efficacy study of Project GLAD, an approach to providing differentiated instruction that is designed to benefit English language learners (ELLs) in the mainstream classroom, in Idaho. She also co-authored a summary of research of effective instruction for ELLs for the Washington state legislature and has conducted evaluations of literacy initiatives from preschool through high school.
Phyllis Ault, Ed.D. will serve in an oversight and advisory capacity for the evaluation, in particular guiding the alignment of instruments to the project’s logic model, and synthesis of findings into useful reports and presentations. Dr. Ault brings to the project decades of experience developing and managing evaluations, with a particular emphasis on STEM content and Native American/Alaskan education. For example, Since 2003 Dr. Ault has been the principal evaluator for Salmon Camp Research Team—an out-of-school time program funded by the National Science Foundation that focuses on reconnecting urban Native American youth to traditional ecological knowledge through work with elders and tribal members, while providing field experiences designed to encourage STEM careers. Her other ongoing work in formal learning includes the evaluation of federally funded Teaching American History grants and a Math-Science Partnership grant both of which immerse teachers in processes of inquiry in collaboration with community partners. Dr. Ault is skilled in using project-focused research design, participatory approaches, and quantitative analyses. Her evaluation work is shaped by experience as a researcher, curriculum/program developer, and teacher in formal and informal settings.