Sheila Rodriguez, an experienced quantiative and qualitative researcher and program evaluator, develops tools and provides technical assistance that enable state education agencies, districts, and schools to use data and current research to improve outcomes for students. She specializes in facilitating training for and providing coaching to state and district stakeholders on data-driven continuous improvement strategies, logic modeling, and program evaluation. (Read a blog post by Rodriguez: "Continuous Improvement in Education: What Is All The Buzz About?")
Rodriguez is a researcher for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands (REL-NEI) at EDC. She contributes her expertise in survey instrument design, needs sensing, and data collection and analysis to several REL-NEI research alliances, including the Urban School Improvement Alliance and the Northeast Educator Effectiveness Research Alliance, and has co-led a series of webinars on continuous improvement and logic models. Currently, she is serving as an evaluator for the EDC-led Home Visiting Action Improvement Team (HV-ImpACT) initiative that is providing technical assistance to grantees of the Federal Home Visiting Program in all 50 states, DC, and five territories. She is also a member of an EDC team that is conducting a statewide evaluation of the Illinois 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) program and providing technical assistance to the Illinois State Board of Education, its 21st CCLC management staff, and 21st CCLC subgrantees.
She has co-authored several publications including "The College Readiness Data Catalog Tool: User Guide," "Logic Models for Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation: Workshop Toolkit," “Continuous Improvement: A Practical Approach to Educational Improvement," “Survey Methods for Educators: Selecting Samples and Administering Surveys,” and "Parent Involvement and Extended Learning Activities in School Improvement Plans in the Midwest Region."
Prior to joining EDC, Rodriguez served as a policy analyst for American Institutes for Research, where she conducted policy outreach, cultivated ongoing communication with state legislators, legislative staff, governor’s policy advisors, and state education agency personnel regarding topical education issues, and managed data collection activities for large-scale studies.
Rodriguez holds a BA in Education Studies from Brown University and an MAEd in Educational Leadership from Argosy University-Schaumburg.