The Center for Research Strategies welcomes Cheryl Gooden, Ph.D. Senior Researcher, who joined our staff this past month. Cheryl’s background lies in education policy and she brings expertise in applied statistics and research methods. She was previously a Researcher for the US Department of Education – Institute of Education Sciences’ Regional Education Lab grant program, working with stakeholders in a seven state region on a project steeped in rigorous research design and practice. She served as researcher as part of the Research Alliance dedicated to a descriptive study on the implementation of Common Core State Standards. Her publications include: Haystead, M. W.& Gooden, C. L. (2011). Preliminary report: An Analysis of the Student-Teacher Interaction in the PLATO Online Learning Environment: Some Best Practices.Englewood, CO: Marzano Research Laboratory and Haystead, M. W. & Gooden, C.L. (2011). Preliminary report: An evaluation study on the effects of Promethean ActivExpression on student achievement. Englewood, CO: Marzano Research Laboratory. Cheryl’s academic credentials include: an A.B. in Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.A. in International Studies and M.M. in Flute Performance from the University of Denver and a Certificate in Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She anticipates completing a Ph.D. in Statistics and Research Methods from the University of Denver in 2012. Cheryl is a member of the National Council on Measurement in Education, the American Statistical Association and the American Education Research Association. The Center for Research Strategies is pleased to have Cheryl as a member of our team.