by Claire Miller
Darleen Opfer, director of RAND Education, will discuss RAND’s educational research with College of Education students, faculty and staff on March 7 as part of the college’s Research Wednesdays Speaker Series.
From 1997 to 2003, Opfer was an assistant professor at Georgia State University, where she worked in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ Applied Research Center. She went on to serve as director of The Ohio Collaborative: Research and Policy for Schools, Children, and Families at Ohio State University. In 2005, she joined the faculty of education at the University of Cambridge, England, where she was the director of research and senior lecturer in research methods and school improvement. Opfer has conducted policy research studies for a number of governments, including on the recruitment and retention of school leaders for the Scottish Government and on teacher professional development for the Training and Development Agency for Schools in England and the Turkish Ministry of Education. She currently serves as an advisory board member with the National Council of Educational Research and Training in Delhi, India.
The Research Wednesdays Speaker Series is designed to fulfill three goals: to provide a platform for explorations of new ways of conducting and disseminating educational research, to discuss new methods of mentoring doctoral students in an effort to enhance their development as researchers, and to fill a professional development need by providing access to cutting edge researchers at the state and national levels.
Research Wednesdays is held Wednesdays at 12 noon in the COE Forum, Room 1030 (30 Pryor St., Atlanta). Speaker presentations are also available for download at iTunes U.
A light lunch will be provided for those who confirm their attendance to Erin Whitney in the COE’s Educational Research Bureau at (404) 413-8090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Opfer and the Research Wednesdays Speaker Series, visit http://education.gsu.edu/main/coe_events.htm.