Cher Hendricks is a Research Scientist II at Georgia Institute of Technology. The focus of her work is on K-12 STEM programs. Prior to her work at Georgia Tech, she was an Associate Professor of educational research at the University of West Georgia (1998-2010) and a special education teacher. In addition to her STEM research, Hendricks is author of the textbook Improving Schools through Action Research: A Reflective Practice Approach. The third edition was released in February.
Meltem Alemdar is a Research Scientist in Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) at Georgia Institute of Technology. Alemdar has experience evaluating programs that fall under the umbrella of educational evaluation, including K-12 educational curricula, after-school programs, and comprehensive school reform initiatives. Across these evaluations, she has used a variety of evaluation methods, ranging from multi-level evaluation plan designed to assess program impact to methods such as program monitoring designed to facilitate program improvement. Her leadership evaluation work includes serving as a lead evaluator on NASA’s electronic professional development network (ePDN), a new initiative dedicated to preparing teachers to engage their students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through the use of NASA-developed learning materials and resources. She also serves a the lead evaluator on several NSF-funded Noyce Scholarship programs. She has direct experience leading or contributing to evaluations of leadership, and STEM-related innovations.