Erin McCann is a senior researcher at AIR. Dr. McCann has more than 15 years of experience designing and implementing evaluation studies for federal, state, and local-level contracts with a general focus on examining factors that influence school improvement processes and practices.
In her current position, Dr. McCann provides technical assistance (TA) on research and evaluation issues, supporting state and local education agency staff in developing evaluation plans and logic models, creating tools and timelines for data collection, and analyzing, interpreting, and reporting evaluation results on a range of school improvement initiatives. She has assisted with evaluation planning, implementation and monitoring processes for School Improvement Grants, peer coaching initiatives, career and technical education programs, statewide systems of support, and other school turnaround efforts.
Dr. McCann also leads the evaluations of the Southeast and Texas Comprehensive Centers, whose staff provide TA in school improvement and key areas such as reading/literacy, math, diverse learners, professional development, and teacher quality. Evaluation activities include collaborating on project logic models, facilitating reflection meetings on project progress, and collecting and reporting of data on outcomes occurring as a result of center staff’s work. Dr. McCann’s work also has focused on developing and delivering workshops and presentations on evaluation topics and conducting evaluation studies on projects including the Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and High School Completion and Success Grants. In addition, she was part of a team that developed and tested the Standards Assessment Inventory (SAI) for Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council).
Previously, Dr. McCann worked as an evaluation consultant and taught undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and Austin Community College.