I am a Senior Associate in the Division of Social and Economic Policy at Abt Associates. I’ve conducted education research and evidence reviews on a variety of topics, including interventions intended to improve child outcomes, policies related to school and teacher quality, and school network expansion. My focus is on helping schools, districts, and education agencies improve the quality of educational opportunities. I also teach Economic Inquiry in Education at American University. Earlier in my career, I taught preschool and kindergarten in New York City.
PhD in Education Policy, 2014
University of Maryland
EdM in Education, 2001
Harvard Graduate School of Education
BA in Psychology & Sociology, 2000
Jackson, C. 2019. When It Makes Sense to Experiment on Students — or “The Zone of RCTs”.
Jackson, C. 2015. The Magic of Multiple Measures.
I sometimes get asked for resources to support the use of research and evidence in education. These are few I’ve found useful:
Open SDP provides data, analyses and tutorials for every stage of the analytic cycle, from preparing and standardizing your data, to conducting analyses and producing visualizations.
The What Works Clearinghouse reviews the existing research on different programs, products, practices, and policies in education.
Urban Institute’s Education Data Explorer makes it easy to access and analyze education data from multiple datasets.
My regular reads include Brookings Institution’s Brown Center Chalkboard for blog posts from a variety of education researchers, Chalkbeat for great journalism on education issues, and EducationNext, which has podcasts as well as relatively brief summaries of research. For a parent and student perspective on education, check out the Let’s K-12 Better podcast.
Tarasawa, B., Gotwals, A.W., & Jackson, C., eds. (2020) Assessment Education: Bridging Research, Theory, and Practice to Promote Equity and Student Learning. Rowman & Littlefield.
Carinci, J., Meyer, S. & Jackson, C., eds. (2020) Linking Teacher Preparation Program Design and Implementation to Outcomes for Teachers and Students. IAP Book Series.
Wissinger, D. R., De La Paz, S., & Jackson, C. (2020, February 10). The Effects of Historical Reading and Writing Strategy Instruction With Fourth- Through Sixth-Grade Students. Journal of Educational Psychology. Advance online publication.