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.

* Information from http://lead.wceruw.org/projects.html

Get to Know LEAD

LEAD-center-logoAt The LEAD Center, We advance the quality of teaching and learning by evaluating the effectiveness and impact of educational innovations, policies, and practices within higher education. Rigorous, theory-driven methods and interdisciplinary collaborations anchor our approach to evaluation, leading to the adaptation and dissemination of evidence-based strategies in service to student learning.

We design and co-create.

  • We offer feedback on evaluation designs, data collection strategies, and methods of data analysis.
  • We craft evaluation plans for and with our clients.

We collaborate and connect.

  • We facilitate conversations among people with a stake in the programs we evaluate.
  • We integrate multiple perspectives and bridge disciplinary boundaries in our evaluation studies.

We assess and investigate.

  • We conduct evaluation studies to improve educational programs and policies related to higher education.
  • We produce scholarly work that contributes to the knowledge base of program evaluation.

We interpret and translate.

  • We help link evaluation findings to practice.
  • We help clients consider how their programs could work and examine how they actually work.

We educate and inform.

  • We educate others about the process of program evaluation from beginning to end.
  • We build understanding about the value of program evaluation.


*LEAD information from http://lead.wceruw.org/about.html

New Opportunity Available! Milwaukee County Branding, Website Design & Development RFP Due December 30th

Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County needs your help to provide marketing development for the county.

The primary focus of the RFP (Request_for_Proposal_#_98150016) includes the design and development of Milwaukee County and the County-owned websites, sub sites, and intranet. A secondary interest is for a brand and visual consistency for the County.

If interested, please read over the complete RFP (link above) for important deadlines and informational webinars. Proposals due December 30th!

2014 Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory PEOPLE Request for Proposal


Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB)

on behalf of the

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Due April 1, 2014 2pm (CST)

External Evaluation of the Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE)


On behalf of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Office of the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer and Division of Diversity, Equity and Educational Achievement, hereinafter referred to as the “University,” Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory, hereinafter referred to as the “Wei LAB,” through the University’s Purchasing Department, hereinafter referred to as “Purchasing,” is soliciting written proposals on a competitive basis from interested and qualified individuals or entities to conduct a thorough review, external assessment, and provide a written report of the Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE), hereinafter referred to as “PEOPLE.”

You can find the full RFP by clicking on the following link:  http://weilab.wceruw.org/documents/PEOPLE%20Evaluation%20RFP%20-%20Final.pdf

The Florida Native Learning Center is Hiring


Join   Our Team As a Training and Development Specialist

The Training and Development   Specialist serves as a resource to the STOF community and Indian Country   Tribes in all areas related to the Native Learning Center’s five focus areas   (e.g. Celebrating Culture & Language, Financial Wellness, Grants Education,   Housing Strategies, and Tribal Government). The Training and Development   Specialist will partner with NLC Departments to strategize and promote the   Native Learning Center goals of providing education and training to Native   Americans and those working within Indian Country. Coordinates, develops, and   implements the curriculum and professional development for NLC. Must possess   a BA/BS degree with excellent organizational, interpersonal and customer   service skills. Proficient computer skills utilizing Microsoft and MAC   software packages required. Adult teaching/training experience preferred.   Must possess a valid Florida Driver’s License. Must have the ability to   travel and work a flexible schedule including evening, weekends and holidays.

Native Americans are Strongly Encouraged to Apply

As a program of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, full-time NLC staff are eligible for employee benefits which include: medical, vision, dental, life, accidental and disability insurances, 401(k) plan, generous paid time off, and much more.The NLC is a drug free workplace; drug screening is a requirement of employment. We exercise Native American preference.

To apply please download the employment application in Adobe Acrobat and fax to Seminole Tribe of Florida, Human Resources Department (954) 967-3477. http://nativelearningcenter.com/