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Faith Connolly, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

Keywords: Assessment; attendance and absenteeism; data and accountability

O: (410) 516-4044

 

Faith Connolly is leading the strategic development of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium by raising funds, managing research teams and partnerships, and working with both the executive committee and advisory committee to shape the consortium’s research agenda and priorities. She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University, master’s degrees from the University of Hartford and Johns Hopkins University, and a doctorate in public policy from the University of Maryland. She has been a dropout-prevention mathematics teacher, assistant to the chief of accountability for Baltimore City Public Schools (2001-2004), director of accountability for Montgomery County Public Schools (2004-2007) and vice president of the American Education Research Association Division H, Research, Evaluation and Assessment in Schools, and has held leadership roles in the Directors of Research and Evaluation and National Association of Test Directors.

 
EDUCATION

Ph D, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Major: Public Policy
Supporting Areas of Emphasis: Evaluation and Analysis
Dissertation Title: Neighborhood Effects on College Enrollment

MS, Johns Hopkins University.
Major: Information and Telecommunication

MEd, University of Hartford.
Major: Secondary Education, Mathematics

BA, Harvard University.
Major: Geological Sciences

PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS

2010 – Present, Baltimore Education Research Consortium, Executive Director

2009 – 2010, D.C. Public Schools, Deputy Chief of Assessments and Accountability

2007 – 2009, Naviance, Washington, D.C., Vice President, Policy and Research

2004 – 2007, Montgomery County Schools, MD, Director of Accountability

2001 – 2004, Baltimore City Schools, MD, Assistant to the Chief of Accountability

2000 – 2004, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Graduate Student

1998 – 2000 Baltimore City Community College, Coordinator/Evaluator

ARTICLES, MEDIA, BOOK CHAPTERS, AND REPORTS

Peer Reviewed Articles
Majd, E.; McCormick, M.; Davis, M.; Curriero, F.; Berman, J.; Connolly, F.; Leaf, P.; Rule, A.; Green, T.; Clemons-Erby, D.; Gummerson, C.; Koehler, K. (2018). Indoor air quality in inner-city schools and its associations with building characteristics and environmental factors. Environmental Research. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935118306406?via%3Dihub

Berman, J.D.; McCormack, M.C.; Koehler, K.A.; Connolly, F.; Clemons-Erby, D.; Davis, M.F.; Gummerson, C.; Leaf, P.J. ; Jones, T.D. ; Curriero, F.C.  (2018). School environmental conditions and links to academic performance and absenteeism in urban, mid-Atlantic public schools. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health,  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheh.2018.04.015

D Durham, R.E., Shiller, J., & Connolly, F. (2018). Baltimore: A multifaceted approach to developing relationships. Phi Delta Kappan, 99(5), p. 36.

Wentworth, L., Mazzeo, C, & Connolly, F. (2017). Research practice partnerships: a strategy for promoting evidence-based decision-making in education. Educational Research, 2, 241-255.

Durham, R. E., Bell-Ellwanger, J., Connolly, F., Howard Robinson, K., Olson, L., Rone, T. (2015). University-district partnership research to understand college readiness among Baltimore city students. Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk, 20(1-2), 20-40.

Other Articles, Blogs, and Podcasts
Connolly, F.  Stein ,M.; Bolte, J. (2018). WebEx Podcast: Data Points Episode 59.  Improvement Science in Education. https://govex.jhu.edu/wiki/data-points-episode-59-improvement-science-in-education/

Connolly, F. (2017). Center for Social Organization of Schools 50 Year Celebration Blog, downloaded http://www.jhucsos.com/2017/05/berc-and-the-promise-of-research-practice-partnerships/

Connolly, F.; Stein, M.; & Bolte, J. (2017). Education Week, Partnering to Improve: Insights from Baltimore downloaded from http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/urban_education_reform/2017/08/partnering_to_improve_insights_from_baltimore.html

Book Chapters
Connolly, F. and Linda S. O. (2012). Early Elementary Performance and Attendance in Baltimore City Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten in 2012 State of Black Baltimore. Urban League. Baltimore, MD.

Connolly, F. and Protheroe, N., Eds.  (2009), Principals and Counselors Partnering for Student Success. ERS. Alexandria VA.

Reports
Connolly, F.; Grigg, J.; Cronister, C.; (2018). Baltimore Youth in Publicly Funded Programs. Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Baltimore.

Durham, R. E., Connolly, F. (2018). Launching into Adulthood. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Education Research Consortium. https://baltimore-berc.org/launching-into-adulthood/

Stein, M. L.; Grigg, J.; Cronister, C.; Chavis, C. Connolly, F. (2017). Getting to High School in Baltimore. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Education Research Consortium.

Durham, R. E., Ruiz, R.; Connolly, F. (2017). College Fact Book. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Education Research Consortium.

Durham, R. E., Connolly, F. (2016). Baltimore Community Schools: Promise and Progress. Baltimore, MD: Baltimore Education Research Consortium.

Grigg, J.; Connolly, F.; Cronister, C., and D’Souza, S. (2016). Kindergarten Attendance and Readiness for Baltimore’s Class of 2027. Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Baltimore.

Connolly, F.; Grigg, Jeffrey; Cronister, Curt, and D’Souza, Stephanie. (2015). Born in Baltimore. Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Baltimore.

Durham, R. E., Stein, M., and Connolly, F. (2015). College Opportunities and Access: Baltimore City Graduates through the Class of 2014. Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Baltimore.

Durham, R.E., Bettencourt, A. and Connolly, F. (2014). Measuring School Climate: Using Existing Data Tools on Climate and Effectiveness to Inform School Organizational Health. Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Baltimore.

Connolly, F. ; Olson, Li.S.; Durham, R. E.; Plank, Stephen B. (2014). Indicators of College Readiness: A Comparison of High School and College Measures. Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Baltimore.

Smith, T. K.; Connolly, F. and Pryseski, C.  (2014). Positive School Climate: What It Looks Like and How It Happens: Nurturing Positive School Climate for Student Learning and Professional Growth.  Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Baltimore.

Sheldon, S.; Davis, M. H.; and Connolly, F. (2014). A Library They Deserve. Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Baltimore.

Olson, L. S.; Connolly, F. and Kommajesula, A. (2013 ). Evaluation of Out of School Time Programs for the Family League of Baltimore City. Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Baltimore.

Connolly, F. and Olson, L., (2012). Early Elementary Performance and Attendance in Baltimore City Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten. Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Baltimore.

Connolly, F., Plank, S.and Rone, T. (2012). Baltimore Education Research Consortium: A Consideration of Past, Present, and Future. Baltimore Education Research Consortium.

Other Intellectual Contributions
Stein, M. L., Connolly, F., Durham, R. E., Gibson, S., Rone, T. Lessons Learned from an Improvement Science Technical Assistance Project in Baltimore. Mid-Atlantic Regional Education Laboratory; Dept of Education, Institute for Education Sciences.

PRESENTATIONS

Presentations Refereed
American Educational Research Association. College Enrollment and ‘Summer Melt’ in a Large, Urban District: Student and High School Factors. Presented at the annual meetings of the, New York, New York. April 2018.

Federal Reserve System’s Community Development Research Conference, Strong Foundations: The Economic Futures of Kids and Communities, Reading on Grade Level: Perspective and Context from Baltimore, March 23, 2017. Washington D.C.

Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education, Using Coaching for Instructional Improvement. March 28, 2017. San Francisco, CA.

The Administration for Children and Families’ National Research Conference on Early Childhood, Early Life Circumstances, Access to Early Childhood Programs and Kindergarten Readiness: Evidence from a Mid-Atlantic City. July 13, 2016. Washington, D.C.

American Educational Research Association, Early Findings from the Baltimore Early Education Data Collaborative, April 8, 2016, Washington DC.

American Educational Research Association. Research Practice Partnerships, April 10, 2016, Washington DC.

Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE). Using Research in Early Childhood Education: San Francisco and Baltimore, March 3, 2016, Washington, D.C.

American Educational Research Association, Importance of September Attendance, April 16, 2015, Chicago, IL.

American Educational Research Association, Changing School Climate. April 18, 2015, Chicago, IL.

International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, Research Collaboratives with School Districts:  With diligence and time, can partnerships facilitate enhance learning by students and enlightenment by stakeholders? January 3, 2015, Cincinnati, OH.

Head Start’s 12th National Research Conference on Early Childhood. Attendance in PreK and Kindergarten and later Academic Outcomes. July 7-9, 2014. Washington DC.

American Educational Research Association, Alternative Pathways to Academia, invited session hosted by the Graduate Student Council, April 2, 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

American Educational Research Association, Early Elementary Performance and Attendance in One Urban Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, April 29, 2013, San Francisco, CA.

American Educational Research Association, Assets, Challenges, and Strategies for Improving Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Attendance in an Urban School District, April 29, 2013, San Francisco, CA.

American Public Policy and Management Association Lives Beyond The Wire: Education and Youth Development in Baltimore City, November 9, 2012 in Baltimore MD.

Council of Great City Schools, Panel on University-District Partnerships, July 13, 2012, Las Vegas, Nevada.

American Educational Research Association, Nurturing Consortia in the Maelstrom of Education Reform: Conversations with Chicago, New York City, Baltimore, and Los Angeles, April 2012, Vancouver Canada.

National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, as Partners with Baltimore City Schools making two presentations, Using Data to Measure the Impact of Chronic Absence in Pre–K and Kindergarten, and College Enrollment and Degree Completion: Challenges and Further Conversations, February 15, 2012, San Diego CA.

Presentations Invited

Opportunity Nation and Strategic Initiatives, Forum for Youth Investment. Using Data for Community Development, Storytelling and Advocacy. Baltimore, MD December 17, 2018.

Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE). Learning in Partnerships: How Researchers and Practitioners Jointly Create and Apply Research Findings. March 3, 2017, Washington, D.C.

Early Childhood Summit at The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, Baltimore Early Education Data Collaborative. August 3, 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana.

  1. S. Department of Education, Impact of Chronic Absence in Pre-K and K on later Academic Outcomes. July 26, 2016, Washington, D.C.

National Association for the Education of Young Children, The Data on Disparities: Illuminating Problems and Solutions. June 5, 2016, Baltimore, Maryland.

Council of Great City Schools, Symposium on Research Practice Partnerships, July 10, 2016. Palm Beach, Florida.

Federal Roundtable on Evidence-Based Grant Making in Youth Policy, Panel Member, Pew Foundation. (December 18, 2015).

Center on Education Policy Roundtable, invited guest, sponsored by the William T. Grant Foundation, Making Research More Useful in Policy and in the Classroom discussion will cover the use of evidence and research partnerships at the state and local levels, April 30, 2015. George Washington University, Washington, DC.

George Washington University, Center for Education Policy, Invited Panel Member, Toward a Shared Vision of Evidence-Based Policymaking, April 30, 2015, Washington, D.C.

Maryland Longitudinal Data System Consortia Research Series, “Indicators of College Readiness.” April 3, 2015, University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore, MD.

California State Legislators, Panel On Joining Forces To Improve Outcomes for Children and Families:  Calling for An Interagency Approach to Reducing Chronic Absence. June 6, 2013. WebEx to Sacramento, CA.

George Washington University, Roundtable on Attendance and Early Childhood Education with Michael Feuer,  March 21, 2013 in Washington DC.

Associated Black Charities, College Enrollment and Degree Completion of Baltimore City Graduates, January 22, 2013 in Baltimore, MD.

Baltimore Urban League, Panel of Authors of the 2012 State of Black Baltimore, Morgan State University, October 5, 2012 in Baltimore, MD.

U.S. Department of Education, Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Opening Conference Panels on Establishing and Strategizing Research Alliances and Developing Memorandum of Understanding with Districts and States, January 26, 2012 Washington, DC.

National Governors Association, The Role of Local Research Consortium and Moving Reform and Policy Initiatives, October 3, 2011, Philadelphia, PA.

Maryland Higher Education Commission. College Enrollment and Degree Completion of Baltimore City Graduates, October 13, 2011, Annapolis, MD.

CONTRACTS, GRANTS AND SPONSORED RESEARCH

Connolly, F. (Principal Investigator), “Summer School Pilot” Sponsored by Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, $75,000. (March 1, 2017 – Present).

Connolly, F. (Principal Investigator), Durham, R. (Key Personnel) “Blaustein Foundation Award,” Sponsored by Jacob And Hilda Blaustein Found, Foundation, $50,000. (July 1, 2015 – Present).

Connolly, F. (Principal Investigator), Durham, R. (Key Personnel), “BERC and Baltimore City Public Schools to advance academic success,” Sponsored by Abell Foundation Inc, Foundation, $55,000. (July 1, 2015 – Present).

Connolly, F. (Principal Investigator), “Wright Foundation support for BERC,” Sponsored by Wright Family Foundation, Foundation, $15,000. (June 1, 2015 – Present).

Connolly, F. (Principal Investigator), Durham, R. (Key Personnel) “Spencer Foundation BERC Support,” Sponsored by Spencer Foundation, Foundation, $997,946. (August 1, 2014 – Present).

Connolly, F. (Co-Principal Investigator), Curriero, F. C. (Co-Principal Investigator), McCormack, M. (Co-Principal Investigator), Breysse, P. N. (Principal Investigator), Leaf, P. (Co-Principal Investigator), “Baltimore Healthy Schools: Impact of Indoor Air Quality on Health and Performance,” Sponsored by Environmental Protection Agency, Federal, $997,822. (December 18, 2014 – Present).

Connolly, F. (Principal Investigator), “Early Education Data Collaborative,” Sponsored by Fund For Educational Excellence, Private Non-Profit, $200,000. (July 1, 2014 – Present).

LICENSURES AND CERTIFICATIONS

NonProfit Management, University of Illinois, Chicago. (November 2015).

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
  • American Educational Research Association, 2000 – present.
    • Co-Chair of Outstanding Publications Committee 2014-15
    • Vice-President 2009-2011, Division H, Applied Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools,
    • Program Chair 2007-2008
  • Directors of Research and Evaluation 2000-present
    • President, 2006-2007, Directors of Research and Evaluation
    • At-large Board Member, 2016-2018
  • National Association of Test Directors
    • At-large Board Member, 2013-2015
    • At-large Board Member, 2016-2018
ADVISING

Task Force Advising
Towson University College & Career Access & Readiness Committee Meeting, invited committee member (November 2017 to present)

Baltimore City Community College Workforce Development Taskforce

Advising
Advisor, Rudy Ruiz, Ed.D. Student, Johns Hopkins School of Education (February 2016 to present)

Dissertation Committee Member, University of Maryland School of Social Work. (April 2015 to Present). Advised: Mathew Uretsky

Dissertation Committee Member. Bloomberg School of Public Health. (October 15, 2014 – November 2015). Advised: Michelle Taylor

AWARDS AND HONORS

Selected as an expert advisor for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation education R&D project begun in 2018.

National Association of Assessment Directors 2017 for Outstanding Contribution on Assessment and Assessment Related Issues.

AERA Division H Outstanding Publication Award 2015 in Assessment Research for Measuring School Climate: Using Existing Data Tools on Climate and Effectiveness to Inform School Organizational Health, Rachel E. Durham, Amie Bettencourt, and Faith Connolly.

AERA Division H Outstanding Publication Award 2013 in Planning/Policy Research for Early Elementary Performance and Attendance in Baltimore City Schools’ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten, by Faith Connolly and Linda S. Olson.

Innovation of the Year 2008 from Hobsons International for work on development of a new product.

Vice President, AERA Division H, Applied Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools, 2009-11.

AERA Division H Outstanding Publication Award 2006 in Statistical Research for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Exam Results for 2003–2004, by Faith Connolly and Marilyn Powell.

AERA Division H Outstanding Publication Award 2005 for Department Website, by Faith Connolly, Khalid Rosenbaum, and Jorge Uriarte.

AERA Division H Outstanding Publication Award 2004 in Planning/Policy Research for Master Plan II: The Needs Assessment, by Mary E. Yakimowski, Joseph McCrary, and Faith Connolly.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Dissertation Fellowship Award, Spring 2004

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

“Early Education Data Collaborative” this collaborative of the Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools), The Ark, Baltimore City Head Start, Family League of Baltimore, and Maryland Family Network. By sharing data the collaborative hopes to learn more about children in Baltimore.

“Improvement Science”  Supported through a contract with the mid-Atlantic Regional Lab, University  and the Spencer Foundation, BERC is leading several groups working on learning about Improvement Science in nine schools in Baltimore.

“City-County Mobility” Through the development of an MOU with Baltimore City and County the BERC team is examining moves between the two jurisdictions during the school year and throughout the summer.

“College and Career” Ongoing quantitative examination of the postsecondary outcomes of Baltimore City Schools graduates in partnership with local funders.

SERVICE

School of Education Service
Committee Member, Curriculum. (September 2017 – current).
Committee Member, Strategic Planning. (September 2015 – September 2017).
Committee Member, Assessment and Curriculum. (September 2015 – September 2017).
Committee Member, Meeting, Scholarship Committee. (September 2013 – September 2015).
Committee Member, Doctoral Committee. (September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2015).

University Service
Committee Member, Community-University Coordinating Council (CUCC). (September 1, 2013 – August 31, 2019).

National Professional Service
Selection Committee for AERA Award for Exemplary Contributions to Practice-Engaged Research (March 2016 to February 2018)
Reviewer, Institute of Education Sciences Office of Standards and Review, (December 2013 – present).
Governing Board of Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic, Board Member, 2012 – December 31, 2016).
Reviewer, Book, Harvard Education Press. (November 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015).
Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer, The Metropolitan Education Research Consortium, VCU. (November 1, 2015 – November 3, 2015).
Reviewer, SREE Conference Submission (November 1, 2014 – present).
Reviewer, AERA Conference Submissions (July 1, 2010 – present).
Reviewer and Category Chair, AERA Division H, Outstanding Publications Award Committee. (November 2010 – present).
Committee Chair, AERA Division H, Outstanding Publications Award Committee. (November 2015 – April 2016).