KirkendolSusan E. Kirkendol, Ph.D., Senior Associate, National School Reform, provides strategic support, policy guidance, and technical assistance at district and state levels. She supports the rollout of educator evaluation processes in several districts and states, including the implementation of student learning objectives as a measure of student growth in educator evaluation systems. Dr. Kirkendol previously served as a Senior Research Program Analyst for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ Leadership for Educators’ Advanced Performance initiative. In that capacity she worked with teachers and administrators in low-performing schools to improve teacher effectiveness through the use of data to inform instructional practices. She also designed and implemented teacher professional development opportunities related to using data in a cycle of continuous improvement and the best practices in assessment, and helped facilitate a district-wide data-driven instruction initiative. Additionally, Susan has served as a Professor and Dean at Pfeiffer University and an Assistant Professor at Clemson University.