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    Katherine Hayes

    Director, Strategic Data and Evaluation Branch

    kathy.hayes@lausd.net 

    Phone: 213-804-3247  

     

    Dr. Hayes has engaged in District research activities for over 20 years. Trained as an educational anthropologist, her work has focused on bilingual education in early childhood and elementary school, parent involvement of Spanish-speaking families, and the LAUSD School Experience Survey. She has conducted or directed several AERA-award winning evaluations of English learner programs.  Currently, she directs the work of research and evaluation staff in the following activities: the selection and continuation of educational products and programs designed to serve low-income students and students of color by conducting mixed-method evaluations; implementing landscape, equity, and root cause analyses and reviewing approximately 150 external research and evaluation projects annually. She is a member of the National Network of Educational Research Practice Partnership (NNERPP) and Research Directors of the Council of Great City Schools. 

    Kathy holds a Ph.D. in Qualitative Research Methods from UCLA. 

     


    Timea (Timi) Farkas

    Program Evaluation and Research Coordinator

    Strategic Data and Evaluation Branch  

    timea.farkas@lausd.net  

     

    Timi is passionate about using mixed-methods research to inform education policy and practice and advance equity for historically underserved students. In her position as Program Evaluation and Research Coordinator at LAUSD’s Strategic Data and Evaluation Branch, she leads several projects including the evaluation of the Master Plan for English Learners and Standard English Learners; and the evaluation of the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools. In her work, she draws on her extensive methodological experience with large datasets, advanced quantitative methods, survey methods, classroom observations, and in-depth interviews. In addition, her work is guided by her expertise in developmental psychology and English Learner education. Timi was born in Romania and, at age nine, immigrated to the U.S. with her family, with whom she speaks Hungarian. When she is not conducting research, she enjoys spending time with cats, dogs, horses, and her favorite humans.

    Timi has a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. 


    Octavio Pescador

    Program Evaluation and Research Coordinator

    Strategic Data and Evaluation Branch  

    octavio.pescador@lausd.net  

     

    Dr. Pescador coordinates a team of research analysts conducting mixed-method formative evaluations and other research projects across LAUSD divisions and departments. Over the past decade, Octavio has collaborated in research projects on early childhood education at the federal, state and county levels. He is a co-founder of the UCLA Paulo Freire Institute at the School of Education and Information and has taught education and social sciences courses at domestic and international higher education institutions. Dr. Pescador has worked extensively with Angeleno students and community-based organizations in civic engagement projects and served as an international development consultant. His international work has focused on early grade reading project implementation and evaluation in crisis and conflict areas.

    In his position as Program Evaluation and Research Coordinator at LAUSD's Strategic Data and Evaluation Branch, he manages several projects including the Cohort 1 Short Term Evaluation of Community Schools; Resource and Program Landscape Analysis Social Emotional Learning and Wellness program; and Monitoring the 2022-2026 LAUSD Strategic Plan. 

    Octavio holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Education from UCLA. 


    Neal Lalwani

    Senior Educational Research Analyst

    Strategic Data and Evaluation Branch  

    neal.lalwani@lausd.net  

     

    Dr. Neal Lalwani is a social psychologist who has been with the LAUSD since 2001. Co-author of the book, Self-Awareness & Causal Attribution: A Dual-Systems Theory (2012) which presented a new theory of how self-awareness affects thought, feeling, and action. His former LAUSD projects included absence management, seismic mitigation, and the online field trip system.  His current research projects with the SD&E branch include coordinating Verizon innovation studies and exploring cross-departmental perspectives on social emotional learning. 

    Neal has a Ph.D. in Social psychology from the University of Southern California. 


    Britney Wise

    Senior Educational Research Analyst  

    Strategic Data and Evaluation Branch  

    britney.wise@lausd.net

    Phone: 213-241-7000

     

    As a member of the Strategic Data and Evaluation Branch, Britney led the effort to evaluate the Humanizing Education for Equitable Transformation (HEET) initiative. She has also supported several other projects, such as, the evaluation of the Master Plan for English Learners and Standard English Learners and the effort to monitor the implementation of the L.A. Unified Strategic Plan.

    Prior to joining the Branch, Britney worked for the Independent Analysis Unit, a team that conducts research for the L.A. Unified Board of Education to help facilitate data-driven decision making. During that time, Britney produced several reports covering a wide variety of topics from school safety to dual language program implementation.

    Britney has a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Southern California.

     


    Jessica Bogner

    Educational Research Analyst

    Strategic Data and Evaluation Branch  

    Jessica.bogner@lausd.net  

    Phone: 213-241-2518  

     

    Trained in program evaluation and social science research and statistics, Ms. Bogner has worked with LEAs, districts, and universities across California to evaluate STEM Professional Development, after-school, pre-teacher training, and justice-involved populations. She has experience working with organizations in data capacity building, creating and managing complex systems for participant follow-up, research requests, and developing a customized database with external technology partners. Ms. Bogner utilizes a mixed methods approach with experience in qualitative (focus groups, interviews and observations), quantitative (regression, ANOVA, repeated measures MANOVA) and survey development. Current projects in LAUSD with SD&E are Title I SPSA Evaluations, the HEET Initiative, Partnership Schools (PLAS), and organizing the Equity Analysis for the 100-day plan.

    Jessica has a MA in Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University and a BFA in Graphic Design from Academy of Art University, San Francisco.  


     

    Chyann Richard

    Educational Research Analyst    

    Strategic Data and Evaluation Branch  

    chyann.richard@lausd.net

     

    Chyann Richard joined the Branch in July 2022. With ample experience in clinical and preclinical psychological research, Ms. Richard is well versed in research methods, statistical analysis, and dissemination of findings to diverse audiences. Her expertise includes abnormal childhood development (e.g., ADHD, Autism, etc.), behavioral interventions, and social emotional learning. 

    Her current projects include the Resource and Program Landscape Analysis Social Emotional Learning and Wellness programs and Monitoring the 2022-2026 LAUSD Strategic Plan. 

    Chyann holds an MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Psychological Research from California State University, Long Beach. 


    Carolin Alexander

    Senior Office Technician  

    Strategic Data and Evaluation Branch  

    c.alexander@lausd.net

     


    Jon Vititoe

    Senior Office Technician  

    Strategic Data and Evaluation Branch  

    jonathan.vititoe@lausd.net