Becky believes that, through education, we can overcome socially constructed barriers that inhibit our advancement. Education research helps us understand how we learn and discover better ways to learn, allowing us to advance the field of education and ensure that education is equitable for all.
As a researcher at Marzano Research, Becky works on multiple evaluation projects to support student engagement and achievement. For example, she has investigated the short- and long-term impacts of a museum program for teen scholars, and she has reviewed and revised data collection and monitoring tools for a Head Start management organization. Her technical and methodological skills include conducting literature reviews and surveys, facilitating interviews and focus groups, and collecting and analyzing large data sets.
Prior to joining Marzano Research, Becky acquired evaluation experience with programs serving youth outside of traditional school settings. For example, she collaborated with the YESS Institute—a small nonprofit organization in Denver that provides peer mentoring services focused on social-emotional learning to middle and high school students—to evaluate program impacts. Additionally, she provided data analysis and technical assistance on the Jeffco Prosperity Project aimed at ending cyclical poverty. She also worked with research teams and contributed to federally funded evaluation projects at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.
Becky earned her master of public policy degree from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in 2015. She is currently working toward a doctoral degree in the Research Methods and Statistics program at the University of Denver.