Capitol Hill Briefing on Effective Principal Evaluations Includes AIR Expert Matthew Clifford

Washington, D.C. – Dr. Matthew Clifford, a principal researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and an expert on school leadership, evaluation and professional development issues, will join other leading experts in discussing principal evaluations during a briefing on Capitol Hill on Thursday, September 13, 2012.

The briefing, "Rethinking Principal Evaluation: A New Paradigm Informed by Research and Practice," is sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and will examine key elements of effective principal evaluations as well as implications for education policy.

The briefing will be held in the Senate Visitors Center, U.S. Capitol (Room TBA), in Washington, D.C. from 10:30 a.m. to Noon.

Participants include:

  • Steve Ross, Center for Research and Reform in Education, Johns Hopkins University
  • Matthew Clifford, Principal Researcher, American Institutes for Research
  • Jon Millerhagen, Principal, Washburn Elementary School, Bloomington, MN
  • Janice Koslowski, Principal, Potomac Falls High School, Potomac Falls, VA

Dr. Clifford’s research and evaluation interests focus on the improvement of school leadership, as a means of improving instructional quality and student achievement. He manages multiple research and evaluation studies designed to determine the effectiveness of professional development and evaluation efforts to improve principal quality. He also consults with school districts and states on the design of principal evaluation systems through AIR’s National Comprehensive Center on Teacher Quality and the Center on Educator Compensation Reform.

For more information and to attend the event, RSVP by September 12 to

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