Research & Grants

Lay Leaders Training: A Strategy to Disseminate Care Coordination Skills to Families of CYSHCN

Co-Principal Investigator
The goal of the grant is to train a cadre of Lay Trainers who are themselves parents of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) to teach care coordination skills and behaviors to other families of CYSHCN using a recently developed care coordination curriculum.   Community Partners: WI Dept. of Health Services, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, School of Education; Children's Hospital of Wisconsin – Special Needs Program; State of Wisconsin Dept. of Children and Families – Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare  

Milwaukee Public Schools Aspiring Principal Program

Technology Consultant 

The Aspiring Principal Program is grounded in developing aspiring principals, who can construct and implement inquiry-oriented, data-driven School Improvement Plans that produce the organizational changes needed to promote high levels of student learning, particularly among high-needs student subgroups. The program draws on the unique strength of MPS’s diverse student populations and the current administration’s recognition that school principals are instructional leaders. 

Building and Sustaining Professional Learning Communities: A Case Study Approach

Evaluator Consultant 

This one-year project involved evaluating the World Forum Foundation for its effectiveness in accomplishing the mission and goals of the Global Leaders for Young Children program. 

Evaluation of Erikson’s Online Master’s Program

Evaluator Consultant 

This year-long evaluation conducted with the new Erikson Online M.S. in Early Childhood Education degree program and the EriksonOnline teaching and learning environment assessed their effectiveness in the use of enabling technology, instructional design, and online teaching methods to encourage interactions, establish presence for instructors and students, and develop and sustain an online community. The outcome of this evaluation was a case study, which provided Erikson Institute with a documentation of its processes, lessons learned, and effective practices. 

Collaborative Model for Planning Staff and Student Training and Development

Faculty Consultant 

This one-year project involved a team of Professional Development staff and a faculty member with the purpose of exploring new methods of assessing training and development needs. I was hired as a consultant to facilitate the development of a training plan to meet staff training and professional development needs, facilitate the development of a system to redirect and retrain staff, and facilitate the assessment of the need for staff awareness and training to align with existing and planned technologies.  

Bridge to Independence

Curriculum Developer 

This three-year federally funded project involves a curriculum design initiative with the purpose of developing, implementing, and evaluating a systematic, competency-based care coordination education curriculum for caregivers of medically complex and fragile children. This project  represents a partnership of four institutions and involves physicians, pediatric nurse care managers, social workers, psychologists, graphic designer, and an adult educator. As an adult educator, I have worked to facilitate the curriculum design process.