LiangGuodong Liang, Ph.D., Research Specialist, serves in a key role for CTAC’s research and evaluation work. He specializes in analyzing and interpreting data to help practitioners and policymakers make informed data-driven decisions. Dr. Liang conducts comprehensive research and evaluation to gauge the fidelity of implementation of federally-funded Race to the Top and Teacher Incentive Fund programs and statewide educator evaluation systems. Dr. Liang’s areas of research include the impacts of organizational resources on teachers’ participation in professional learning, professional development activities on teacher outcomes and student achievement, and teacher performance evaluation on professional development activities. Previously, Dr. Liang was a post-doctoral researcher on Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri.