The School System Improvement (SSI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


The School System Improvement (SSI) School System Improvement Project (SSIP) Dr. Kurz is an Assistant Research Professor in the Learning Sciences Institute and Affiliated Adjunct Faculty in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. He is a former special educator with a Ph.D. in special education from Vanderbilt University and over 15 years of experience in the field of special education. He has published over a dozen journal articles and book chapters related to opportunity-to-learn (OTL), measurement of OTL, and its implications for professional development (PD). Dr. Kurz has further conducted PD workshops related to OTL with general and special educators in several states. Dr. Kurz currently serves as an investigator for the National Center for Accountability and Assessment for Special Education. He also has served on two EAGs, all funded by the U.S. Department of Education in the past five years. He will focus his expertise on the PD aspects of the TIF grant including the development of the comprehensive PD system, its implementation and evaluation, as well as related analysis and reporting. Dr. Kurz will further support Drs. Reddy and Kettler with related investigations into teacher and principal effectiveness and the dissemination of findings. He will dedicate 25% of his effort during the full calendar year to the SSI Project.
Effective start/end date10/1/129/30/15


  • US Department of Education (DOEd): $66,433.00


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