6 Things Every UELIP Should Know

By Junior Associate: Natalie Hall

The past eight weeks I’ve been here have been filled with many lessons and challenges. I could write for days about what I’ve learned thus far, but here’s a quick summary:

  1. In education, change happens slowly, and seeing the effects of those changes is even slower. This is true of both high level and low level changes.
  2. Always say “thank you”. One day, my supervisor was kind enough to set up a meeting for me with one of his contacts in another office. I only met with that contact for about 15 minutes, but I think sending a short “thank you” email afterwards showed that I genuinely appreciated their time.
  3. Never think that you’re above the “intern-y” tasks. The UELIP internship advertises itself as giving interns substantial work—and it does! But that does not mean that on the days that your team is swamped and needs you to go make a hundred copies, that you’re not adding value. Remember that if they didn’t have a UELIP, one of them would be doing it themselves. Go into those tasks with positivity, and trust me, your team will be all the more appreciative.
  4. Take advantage of the Continue reading “6 Things Every UELIP Should Know”

Using Data to Measure Accountability

By UELIP Associate: Angel Gonzales

Having spent some time researching and reporting on data at the state level for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education think-tank, I believed that I understood the discourse around accountability pretty well. Students either hit proficiency levels or show growth through value-added measures. This data gives analysts a good idea of how a school is performing and a general idea of how school districts are functioning. At the state and national levels, government officials and policy institutions use data to move forward their ideas on how children should be taught. This is all well and good but I kept on asking myself, “How did districts conceptualize data?” Continue reading “Using Data to Measure Accountability”