Elizabeth A. Barkowski is a senior researcher at AIR. She has more than 10 years of experience in education program evaluation, research, and technical assistance, with a particular focus on educator effectiveness and human capital management. Currently, Dr. Barkowski leads the evaluation of the Denver Public Schools talent management initiatives and educator effectiveness research with the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest. She leads evaluation and research teams, investigating the implementation and impact of various educator effectiveness initiatives and programs. As project director on a number of projects, she manages relationships with clients, subcontractors, and stakeholders. Her technical work includes the design of data collection protocols and analysis plans, and the collection and analysis of survey, interview, personnel, and student assessment data.
Dr. Barkowski’s previous work includes managing the Texas Performance Award program’s Technical Assistance Center to support Texas school districts in the design and implementation of educator performance pay programs. Dr. Barkowski has guided states and school districts in the development and implementation of educator effectiveness initiatives, including teacher evaluation systems and student growth measures. She also participated in the Project on Educator Effectiveness and Quality, in which she helped develop an evaluation metric to assess the impact of Texas educator preparation program graduates on student achievement. Dr. Barkowski has evaluated a variety of additional education programs, including the Teacher Advancement Program system and Transition to Teaching.