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Problem, Research, Action: Poverty Measurement Transition in Baltimore City Public Schools - October


Please join us for the upcoming presentation of the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center Research Series.

What: MLDS Center Research Series

When: Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Where: School of Social Work, UM Baltimore, 525 West Redwood Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, Conference Room 3E04

Topic: Problem, Research, Action: Poverty Measurement Transition in Baltimore City Public Schools'

Abstract: This presentation will cover the methodology of thelongitudinal and historical poverty analysis and subsequent school-level andstudent subgroup analyses using data from Baltimore City Public Schools. The second part of the presentation will discuss howthe Office of Achievement and Accountability (OAA) in Baltimore City PublicSchools assessed the impact of the change in the poverty measurement processon school-level poverty rates using a multivariate prediction model.

Presenters: Romona C. Carrico, Christopher Wohn, and Amir Francois

RSVP: Jamese Dixon-Bobbitt via email: (space is limited)

About the Presenters:

Romona C. Carrico is a Data Analyst for the Title I Services in the Office of Achievement and Accountability at Baltimore City Public Schools. Her work includes analyzing data to inform and support decision making pertaining to Title I schools. She began her career at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, analyzing international merchandise trade data to support the Regional Integration process. Romona holds a B.Sc. in Development and Economics with upper second class honors from the University of London, lead College London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Christopher Wohn is the interim director of research in the Office of Achievement and Accountability in Baltimore City Public Schools. In this role, Dr. Wohn assists the District with analysis of assessment data, early warning indicators of student success, and the evaluation of school programs. He has also served as a data science consultant for several companies and organizations around the DMV region. Prior to his work on the research team, Dr. Wohn was a teacher for three years in a Baltimore City High School where he taught chemistry, physics, and the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) biomedical sciences curriculum. He received his teaching certificate through the Baltimore City Teaching Residency (BCTR) program in 2013. He has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland in College Park and a M.D. from the University of Maryland Medical School.

Amir François is a Senior Research and Data Specialist in the Office of Research and Strategic Data Use at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Amir began his career as an independent school middle grades science teaching fellow and next worked as a public charter school elementary math associate teacher in Boston, MA. After obtaining his Doctorate degree, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Center for School-Based Violence Prevention studying school climate effects on intercultural competence and the prevention of adolescent alcohol and drug use. Before joining MSDE, Amir worked as Program Evaluator II - Title I in the Office of Achievement and Accountability in Baltimore City Public Schools. While there, Amir’s work included evaluating the effectiveness of federal funding within the district and supporting district and school staff in evaluating the effectiveness of programming in Title I schools. Amir holds a B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Science and Educational Psychology from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

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