Mary Burkhauser

2013 Radcliffe/Rappaport Doctoral Summer Fellow

May 29, 2013

Graduate Degree:Harvard Graduate School of Education
Undergraduate Degree:Cornell University
Area of Interest:Education Issues
Agency:Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Supervisor:Heather Peske, Associate Commissioner, Office of Educator Policy, Preparation and Leadership
Project Description:Mary was a Radcliffe/Rappaport Doctoral Policy Fellow in the Office of Educator Policy, Preparation, and Leadership (EPPL) at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE). Mary worked closely with Associate Commissioner Heather Peske and her team on 3 exciting projects:

1. The EPPL team is responsible for implementing the Massachusetts Framework for Educator Evaluation. Mary helped draft model contract language that districts can use as they work to meet the state's educator evaluation regulations;
2. In addition to Educator Evaluation, ESE is focused on implementing frameworks aligned to the Common Core. Mary worked on a proposal for an online tool for educators that would house a variety of resources linking the Common Core with ESE’s indicators of educator effectiveness;
3. EPPL is also responsible for teacher licensure. Mary wrote a memo to the Commissioner outlining recommendations for how to address concerns in the Deaf community that prelingually deaf individuals are struggling to become licensed to teach in Massachusetts.