how we work
Principal Researchers and Staff:
Barbara Neufeld is the President and founder of Education Matters, Inc. Dr. Neufeld began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in the South Bronx and also taught in New Haven. She received her Ed. D from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a part-time Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 1985-1997 teaching courses about qualitative methods for research in schools and school districts, and the links between research, policy and practice in urban schools. Dr. Neufeld has served as principal investigator for numerous evaluations over the last nineteen years. These include evaluations of 1) the Effective Schools Programs in a sample of Connecticut elementary schools; 2) Dr. James Comer's School Development Program in New Haven and in Hartford, CT; 3) professional development programs associated with the Coalition of Essential Schools; 4) middle school reform in districts funded by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (for example, San Diego, Corpus Christi, Louisville, and Minneapolis); and, 5) the Boston Annenberg Challenge, now called Whole-School Improvement in Boston. In addition, Dr. Neufeld has participated in basic research designed to inform teacher education. Such research includes studies conducted by the National Center for Research on Teacher Education and the National Center for Research on Teacher Learning (both housed at Michigan State University).
Anne Levy is a Research Assistant at Education Matters, Inc. who received her undergraduate degree from Brown University. While at Brown, she concentrated in English and completed Brown's Undergraduate Teacher Education Program, receiving secondary teacher certification in English Language Arts. After college, she coordinated educational programs at the Mo Vaughn Youth Development Program, an after-school program for urban youth, and taught middle school in the Boston Public Schools. She also coordinated best practices research and assisted in delivering field services for 30 school districts at Mass Insight Education, a state-wide education policy and research organization focused on standards-based reform. Ms. Levy has been employed at Education Matters since September 2003. Her work focuses on the firm's multi-year evaluation of high school reform in the Boston Public Schools as well as on the district's School Leadership Initiative, a set of programs designed to prepare and support new principals for the school system. In addition, Ms. Levy works on a study of mathematics professional development in several small urban districts.
Erik Haines is a Project Assistant at Education Matters, Inc. In that role, he is responsible for data management, computer support, and general office management.