May 3, 2018Event Recap

RFA’s State Education Fellows Reconvene in Washington D.C.

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On May 2-3, 2018, Results for America’s State Education Fellows convened in Washington D.C. to learn from and alongside one another and outside experts about their progress toward implementing high-impact approaches for using and building evidence to improve outcomes for students.


During the two-day convening the Fellows discussed various topics related to implementing evidence-based approaches, with a particular emphasis on two key leverage points in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Monitoring and Evaluating School Improvement and Supporting School Districts and Schools in Selecting Evidence-Based Interventions. Fellows had the opportunity to give and receive feedback on key problems of practice related to implementation and share best practices gathered since their last convening in December 2017.

Featured speakers included:

  • John King, President and CEO, The Education Trust and Former U.S. Secretary of Education (President Obama)
  • Melody Barnes, RFA Senior Fellow and Former Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (Obama Administration)
  • Paula Arce-Trigatti, Executive Director, National Network of Education Research Practice Partnerships
  • Patrick Rooney, Acting Director, Office of State Support, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, USED
  • Jessica Ramakis, Chief of Staff, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, USED
  • Tom Brock, Commissioner, National Center for Education Research, IES

Results for America’s State Education Fellows program, founded in December 2017, is helping 19 state education agency officials from 9 leading states implement the new evidence provisions in ESSA to improve education outcomes for all their students.

Learn more about RFA’s work to help education leaders build and use evidence to improve student outcomes here.