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Why Bowler Schools are Unique

Dr. Nicole Bowman answers why Bowler Schools are unique. One reason is the low turnover rates of the principal and superintendent. Average turnover is 3.2-3.5 years. At Bowler schools these positions have been filled for 7+ years by the same individuals.

Be sure to watch the entire playlist from Dr. Nicole Bowman’s PhD oral dissertation for more information.

LEAD Projects


Advanced Fellowships in Women’s Health HUB Site-VA
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
Biology Scholars Program
Fair Play
Mentor Training
Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation
Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI)

Delta’s Academic Excellence Initiative, 2011-2015

Project site: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Evaluators: Sara Kraemer

Delta’s Academic Excellence Initiative (AEI) is a University of Wisconsin-Madison program whose aim is to close the opportunity gap in undergraduate courses through changes in course instructor practice and pedagogy. Course instructors attend an eight week immersion to learn about key opportunity gap and diversity issues at U.S. college campuses broadly and UW-Madison campuses specifically, followed by developing and implementing research-based course interventions. In our formative evaluation study, Sara Kraemer has been a member of the AEI team, administering instructor-based surveys and working one-on-one with faculty to evaluate their student data and develop target areas of support. AEI has partnered with the UW-Madison’s HOPE Lab to provide summative impact analysis on student achievement and faculty knowledge and attitudes about opportunity gaps and diversity at UW-Madison.

Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL), 2014-2015

Project site: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Evaluator: Sara Kraemer

The Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL) facilitates innovative teaching and student-centered active learning by providing instructional support and resources in unique technology-enhanced learning spaces on the UW-Madison campus.

Sara Kraemer conducted a mixed-methods evaluation study of a Math 112, an introductory mathematics course that fulfills mathematics requirements for undergraduate students. The study evaluated the impact of the WisCEL on student engagement, student achievement, and perceptions about the efficacy of the WisCEL learning experience in Math 112. Formative evaluation included a student survey, a focus group with TAs, and observations of Math 112 classes to asses student engagement. Summative evaluation included a statistical analysis of student achievement scores (i.e., end of course grades, drop rates) of Math 112 courses before they were taught in WisCEL compared to Math 112 coursers after they were taught in WisCEL. Summative results revealed that the WisCEL classroom had a positive impact on student achievement scores (as a whole and across demographic groups) – students were more likely to receive higher grades and have lower rates of drop out in the WisCEL classroom than in the non-WisCEL classroom. The findings were triangulated with the survey and focus groups results to assess how the classroom instruction interacts with the features of the WisCEL space.

WisCEL program managers are using the evaluation findings for program improvement, a proof-of-concept to campus stakeholders, validation of the program’s efficacy, and assessment of transferability of evaluation methods to other WisCEL courses.

Crossroads Project: Intersecting Workshops, Learning Communities, and Research in Biology to Promote Student Success in STEM, NSF-IUSE Program (PI: Loretta Brancaccio-Taras), 2015-2018

Evaluator: Sara Kraemer
Project Site: Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York

The Crossroads Project at Kingsborough Community College (KCC) is designed to strengthen the skills, retention, and graduation rates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. The project targets biology majors, and is specifically designed to support introductory biology students in success in the course, as well as progression through the biology or other STEM majors through three major efforts. The three major efforts are: (1) Strategies for Student Success in STEM Workshop, (2) Community of Biology Learners sessions, and (3) Campus as Research Lab. The workshops and sessions are aimed to enhance student learning through development of study skills in STEM and biology and create cohesion and community through structured group-engagement outside of the classroom. The Campus as Research Lab provides an opportunity for students to work like scientists with KCC faculty, by engaging in the scientific inquiry process and conducting basic experiments.

The evaluation study of the Crossroads Project is a mixed-methods design that includes both formative and summative analysis. For the Strategies for Student Success in STEM Workshop, the summative analysis is comprised of statistical analysis of end of course grades for biology students and the formative analysis is an end of course survey to assess student perceptions of the impact of their experience on their academic success. For the Community of Biology Learners, a formative evaluation content analysis of student answers to assignments as well as a written instructor’s log of teaching practices. For the Campus as Research Lab, the evaluation component is a qualitative content analysis of student writing course assignments and an end of course student survey.

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The Next Generation of Theory and Practice: Rethinking Equity through Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment.

Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois April 20 to April 22, 2016 Preconference Workshops April 19

Early Bird Registration Deadline March 20, 2016

Selected Program Highlights

April 20

Keynote Address

Manulani Aluli-Meyer, Ph.D. (University of Hawaii at West Oahu).

Transformative Epistemology: Hawaiian, Indigenous, and Holographic (aka: Universality found in all specifics)

Welcome Reception

April 21

Morning Plenary

  1. Wade Boykin, Ph.D. Howard University

Human Diversity & the Pedagogical Troika

James Gee, Ph.D. Arizona State University

The Critical Role of Culture and Language in Learning and its Assessment

Edmund W. Gordon Distinguished Senior Scholar Lecture

Lloyd Bond, Ph.D. Retired, Senior Research Scientist, Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching

When Tests Miss the Mark: Toward More Culturally Responsive Assessment

Discussant: Joann Gorin, Ph.D. Vice President for Research, ETS

April 22

Keynote Address

Alfredo Artiles Ph.D., Arizona State University

Standard interventions in the time of differences: Notes on the role of culture and equity

April 19 Preconference Workshops

Full Day Workshop:

Culturally Responsive Indigenous Evaluation (CRIE): Indigenous Knowledge, Frameworks, & Case Studies to Inform/Transform Evaluation Practice

Fiona Cram, (Maori/ Ngati Kahungunu) Ph.D., Director, Katoa Ltd. (Auckland, New Zealand)

Nicole Bowman (Mohican/Munsee), Ph.D., President, Bowman Performance Consulting

Half Day Workshops:

Culturally Relevant Evaluation Meets Quantitative Research Methodology: What is the outcome?

Olatokunbo Fashola, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University/MERAssociates

Evaluating Broadening Participation in STEM Programs: Issues and Approaches

Leslie Goodyear, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, Education Development Center

Gary Silverstein, Ph.D., Associate Director, WESTAT

Kamau Bobb, Ph.D., Program Officer, NSF, Computer & Information Science & Engineering

Foundations of Culturally Responsive Evaluation

Rodney Hopson, Ph.D. Professor, George Mason University

Karen Kirkhart, Ph.D. Professor, Syracuse University

Putting Communities at the Center of Community-based Evaluation

Katrina L. Bledsoe, Ph.D., Senior Research Director and Founding Director, ThinkShift

View our Client List

view our client listSelected Clients and Partners

Public Sector (Government & Education)

  1. Administration for Children & Families, Tribal Home Visiting,
  2. Arizona State University, AZ
  3. Bowler School District, WI
  4. California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CA
  5. California State University, CA
  6. Cardinal Stritch University, WI
  7. College of St. Scholastica, MN
  8. Congressman Steve Kegan’s Planning Committee, WI
  9. Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) #6, WI
  10. Cooperative Education Service Agency (CESA) #12, WI
  11. DC Everest School District, Education Technology, WI
  12. Fox Valley Technical College, WI
  13. Green Bay Public Schools, WI
  14. Green Bay Public Schools, Title VII Indian Advisory Group, WI
  15. Gresham School District, WI
  16. Howard University, Washington DC
  17. Kansas State University, KS
  18. Lakeland Union High School, WI
  19. Lakeshore Technical College, WI
  20. Mid State Technical College, WI
  21. Milwaukee County, Health & Human Services, WI
  22. Milwaukee Public Schools, WI
  23. Minority Business Opportunity Council, WI
  24. Mississippi State, MS
  25. Nicolet Area Technical College, WI
  26. North Central Technical College, Wausau, WI
  27. Northeast WI Technical College, Board Member, Presidential Advisory Committee for Diversity, WI
  28. Northern Arizona University, AZ
  29. Northern Michigan University, MI
  30. Northwestern University, IL
  31. Oklahoma University, OK
  32. Pennsylvania State University, PA
  33. Norbert College, WI
  34. Shawano School District, Title VII Parent Committee, WI
  35. State of MT, Systems of Care, MT
  36. State of WI, Birth to 3 Interagency Coordinating Council, WI
  37. State of WI, Governor’s Interagency Collaborative Council, Quality Assurance Chair, WI
  38. State of WI, Governor’s WI Women’s Council, Appointee, WI
  39. State of WI, Lieutenant Governor’s Educational Achievement Task Force Member, WI
  40. State of WI, Office of Justice Assistance, WI
  41. Tennessee Tech University, TN
  42. University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Board of Regents, WI
  43. S. Administration for Native American Department, Washington DC
  44. S. Center for Disease Control, GA
  45. S. Department of Education, Washington DC
  46. S. Department of Commerce, WI Minority Business Opportunity Council, Advisor, WI
  47. S. Department of Health & Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Washington DC
  48. S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Washington DC
  49. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington DC
  50. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Education, Washington DC
  51. S. Office of Juvenile Justice, Washington DC
  52. Unity School District, WI
  53. University of Alaska, AK
  54. University of Illinois, Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation & Assessment, IL
  55. University of Kansas Center for Indigenous Nations Studies, Project Advisor, Book Reviewer, KS
  56. University of Maine, ME
  57. University of Minnesota, MN
  58. University of New Mexico, NM
  59. University of Oklahoma, Native American Studies, OK
  60. University of WI-Eau Claire, WI
  61. University of WI-Extension, WI
  62. University of WI-Green Bay, WI
  63. University of WI-Madison, WI
  64. University of WI-Milwaukee, WI
  65. University of WI-Oshkosh, WI
  66. University of WI-Stevens Point, WI
  67. University of WI-System, WI
  68. University of WI-Whitewater, WI
  69. Village of Gresham, WI
  70. Viterbo University, WI
  71. Wausaukee School District, WI
  72. Winter School District, WI
  73. WI Center for Education Research, WI
  74. WI Department of Administration, WI
  75. WI Department of Public Instruction, WI
  76. WI Department of Transportation, 41 Project Advisory Committee, Member, WI
  77. WI Interagency Collaborative Council, Quality Assurance, Chair, WI
  78. WI Office of Justice Assistance, WI


Native American (Tribal Government, Non-Profit, & For Profit)

  1. All Mission Indian Housing Authority, CA
  2. American Educational Research Association, Indigenous People of the Americas, Secretary, Washington DC
  3. American Evaluation Association’s Indigenous Peoples in Evaluation, Special Interest Group, Secretary, MA
  4. American Indian Alaska Native Crime & Justice Research & Criminal Justice Technology Assessment Project, Peer Reviewer, Washington DC
  5. American Indian Chamber of Commerce, Indigenous Education Committee Board Member & Chair, WI
  6. American Indian Chamber of Commerce, First American Capital Corp, WI
  7. American Indian Chamber of Fox Valley, WI
  8. American Indian Science & Engineering Society, NM
  9. College of Menominee Nation, WI
  10. Dennis Hipsher Trucking, Inc, WI
  11. East-West University, Leadership Advisory Board, WI
  12. Forest County Potawatomi, WI
  13. Gedakina Advisory Board, Member, NH
  14. Great Lakes Intertribal Council Inc., WI
  15. Ho-Chunk Nation, WI
  16. Hoopa Valley, CA
  17. Indian Summer Festival, Art/Media Reviewer, WI
  18. Intercultural Leadership Initiative, WI
  19. Journal of American Indian Education, Journal Review Board Member, Editorial Board, AZ
  20. Karuk Tribe, CA
  21. Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, MI
  22. Lac Courte Oreilles, WI
  23. Lac du Flambeau School, WI
  24. Lac du Flambeau Tribal Labor Advisory Committee, WI
  25. Lower Sioux Indian Community, MN
  26. Marlow Martin Logging, WI
  27. Menominee Indian Business Center, WI
  28. Menominee Indian Chamber, WI
  29. Menominee Indian School District, WI
  30. Menominee Indian Tribe, WI
  31. Mohican Family Center, WI
  32. Mooretown Rancheria, CA
  33. National Congress of American Indians: Policy Research Center, Washington DC
  34. National Indian Child Welfare Association, OR
  35. National Indian Education Association, Washington DC
  36. Native American Journalists Association, OK
  37. Native American Management Services, VA
  38. Native Americans in Philanthropy, MN
  39. Native Research Network, UT
  40. Northwoods NiiJii, WI
  41. Oneida Tribe, WI
  42. Pawnee Nation, OK
  43. Sac & Fox Tribe, IA
  44. Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, MI
  45. Seminole Tribe, Native Learning Center, FL
  46. Spotted Eagle Inc., WI
  47. Stockbridge Munsee Tribal Community, WI
  48. Stockbridge Munsee Historical Committee, WI
  49. Susanville Indian Rancheria, CA
  50. Tribal College Journal, CO
  51. Tribal Education Departments National Assembly, CO
  52. Tribal Law & Policy Institute, CA
  53. United South & East Tribes, TN
  54. Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Charter School, WI
  55. Winds of Change Magazine, CO
  56. Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance, WI
  57. Wisconsin Indian Education Association, WI
  58. Yurok Tribe, CA


Non-Profit/Philanthropic Sector

  1. Alliance for Community Peace, IL
  2. American Civil Liberties Union, NY
  3. American Evaluation Association, MA
  4. American Institute for Research, Washington DC
  5. American Journal of Evaluation, Journal Review Board Member, MA
  6. American Legion Post #117,WI
  7. American Vets, WI
  8. Annie E. Casey Foundation, MD
  9. Aspen Institute, Center for Native American Youth, DC
  10. Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, WI
  11. Great Lakes Industrial History Center, OH
  12. High Scope, MI
  13. Honor Inc.,FL
  14. Institute of Women’s Policy Research, Technical / Scientific Reviewer, WI
  15. Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, Editorial Board, MI
  16. National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, STEM Equity Pipeline Project, Consultant, PA
  17. National At-Risk Education Network Wisconsin Chapter, WI
  18. National Science Foundation, Grant Reviewer-DRK12, VA
  19. National Small Business Association, Member, DC
  20. New Directions for Evaluation, Editorial Board Member, MA
  21. New North Small Business, WI
  22. Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, WI
  23. Northwest Area Foundation, MN
  24. MGT of America, FL
  25. Public Allies, Inc., WI
  26. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NJ
  27. Rural Health Initiative of Shawano, WI
  28. SEVA Foundation, CA
  29. Shawano Area Veterans, WI
  30. Shawano Chamber of Commerce, WI
  31. Shawano County Economic Progress Inc., WI
  32. Small Business Development Center, WI
  33. Space Education Initiatives, WI
  34. VFW,WI
  35. K. Kellogg Foundation, MI
  36. WestEd, CA
  37. WI Procurement Institute, WI
  38. Wisconsin Association of School Boards, WI
  39. WI Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development, WI
  40. World Hope Foundation, CA


Private Sector

  1. About Learning, Inc., IL
  2. Avar Consulting, Inc., MD
  3. Best & Flanagan Law Office, MN
  4. Cable in the Classroom
  5. Caldwell & Associates, NC
  6. Capitol One, WI
  7. Communication Works, DC
  8. Danya International, MD
  9. Exceed Corporation, MD
  10. Fitnessology, WI
  11. IMPAQ International, Washington DC
  12. Kittleman & Associates LLC,IL
  13. Manhattan Strategy Group, MD
  14. Master Key Consulting, MD
  15. McRel International, CO
  16. National Institute for School Leadership, Washington DC
  17. OPUS International Consultants, Inc., MI
  18. Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation, Advisory Committee Member, MD
  19. Randy Hella & Associates, MN
  20. REAP Change Consultants, CA
  21. Robles-Schrader Consulting, IL
  22. Russell Research, NJ
  23. Sacred Heart School, WI
  24. Shawano Leader, WI
  25. Shope Performance Group, OH
  26. Space Explorers, WI
  27. WestAt, MD


Enjoy this video sample of BPC Projects and Partners.

BPC New Year’s Resolutions!



Indigenous Ed Policy Development with Tribal Governments, A Visual

Request for Proposals for Lac du Flambeau’s Transportation Alliance for New Solution (TrANS) Program Due December 29th!


The purpose of this document is to provide interested parties with information to enable them to prepare and submit a proposal for TWO (2) collaborative and comprehensive road construction workforce development and career enhancement programs targeting community residents who have been disproportionately underutilized in highway construction contracting and employment. The Tribal Labor Advisory Committee Contract Administrator & the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) expects the awarded contractor to create a diverse applicant pool for highway construction employment in the rural North part of the state with special emphasis in the Tribal communities that make up the Bad River Band and Red Cliff Bands of Lake Superior Chippewa Indian reservations, for ONE (1) program and Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians reservation, for ONE (1) program.

DUE DECEMBER 29th 4:00pm CST!

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