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Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, Director

Dr. Elizabeth Farley-Ripple, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Education and Public Policy in the School of Education and an affiliate of the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Education Policy and has been working in educational research over ten years.  In addition to serving as the Director of the Partnership for Public Education, she co-leads R4S funded by IES and a Spencer-funded project examining teachers’ use of data for instructional decision-making. She has expertise in quantitative and mixed methods and applies a variety of methodological tools to research projects, including in regression, multi-level models, social-network analysis, surveys, and content analysis. Her research expertise is in policy analysis and evidence-based decision-making, and recent work includes studies of administrator mobility, school and teachers’ use of data, teacher quality and effects, and equity in student outcomes.

Dr. Farley-Ripple has been awarded grants from the Spencer Foundation and the Institute for Education Sciences and has published research in respected journals such as Educational Researcher, Journal of Educational Administration, Educational Policy, the American Journal of EducationEducational Management, Administration, and Leadership, and Urban Education. Her recent co-authored article, “Rethinking Connections Between Research and Practice in Education: A Conceptual Framework,” was identified as the 8th most read education articles of 2018 by the American Educational Research Association. This work theorizes a new way of understanding the challenges of bridging the traditional gaps between research produced by universities or think-tanks and practice in schools and districts.

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​Fran O'Malley, Associate Director

Dr. Fran O'Malley, Ed.D. taught middle and high school social studies in Delaware for 24 years before coming to the University of Delaware where he now serves as the Associate Director for the Partnership for Public Education, and the Associate Director for PDCE and Curriculum Specialist for the Democracy Project. He has received numerous awards including Delaware Teacher of the Year, a James Madison Fellowship and a summer Fulbright Fellowship (China). At the state level, Fran served on the commission that developed the Delaware Social Studies standards and works closely with the Department of Education to craft Delaware’s Recommended Curriculum and assessments. His initiatives include Delaware History Day, the Delaware’s Mock Trial competition, the Social Studies Coalition of Delaware, and the Delaware Law-Related Education Project. At the national level, Fran, served on an advisory panel for the C3 Framework for Social Studies State Standards, and has directed Teaching American History and Library of Congress Teaching with Primary grants. His prime interests include problematic prior learning in history, civics education and curriculum development.

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Erin Baugher, Assistant Director

Erin Baugher is an Assistant Director for the Partnership of Public Education at the University of Delaware.  Erin studied secondary education at Millersville University and earned her MA from the University of Delaware in Political Science and International Relations.  Her research expertise is in sociopolitical theory and historiography, and recent work focuses on the promotion of equity in schools.  Erin teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American politics, public policy, education policy, and political theory.  Prior to coming to UD, she was the Policy Coordinator for Good Schools Pennsylvania – a grassroots organization seeking to mobilize parents, students and concerned citizens to advocate for improved public education.  Erin is currently completing her doctoral degree in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware.

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Carolyn Hammerschmidt, Program Associate

Carolyn Hammerschmidt is a program associate for the Partnership for Public Education.  She earned a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Educational Administration from SUNY Brockport, a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a Masters in Music Education from The Ohio State University. She is currently working towards her Ed.D. at the University of Delaware and pursuing the development of programs to strengthen community and parent partnerships with public schools.

Carolyn previously served as a public school administrator and public school teacher, and offers expertise in professional development and instructional design for educators. Carolyn volunteers extensively in her local community, and currently serves as the Executive Director of a local organization focused on advocacy for and engagement with local public schools. She also serves on the board of the Avon Grove Education Foundation, and previously served as the president of her local elementary school PTA.

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