Shana M. Shaw
Shana Shaw is a Research Specialist with SEDL's Research and Evaluation (R&E) program. Dr. Shaw currently provides technical assistance on evaluation capacity building to the Texas Comprehensive Center and the Southeast Comprehensive Center.
You may contact Shana M. Shaw at 512-391-6598
Dr. Shaw’s research explores education agencies’ human capital management policies, particularly how those policies affect educator recruitment, retention, evaluation, and compensation. She has also studied data-driven educational reforms with a focus on the relationship between teachers’ use of data and student achievement. Experience
Prior to joining SEDL in March 2012, Dr. Shaw worked in the Fort Worth Independent School District as part of Harvard’s Strategic Data Project. While in the district, she analyzed longitudinal data on teachers, students, and schools in combination with qualitative information to assess the impact that performance-based evaluation and compensation initiatives had on teacher recruitment and retention, school climate, and student achievement. She also helped Harvard researchers develop and disseminate Fort Worth’s Human Capital Diagnostic, a tool designed to illustrate—for district leaders—patterns in teacher employment and student achievement across the district and over time. Dr. Shaw has conducted other large-scale studies, including research for the Louisiana Department of Education's Non-Tested Grades and Subjects initiative and a multi-year study on the implementation of a student assessment system in a large urban district in Arizona. In all of her work, she seeks to conduct rigorous research that provides actionable information to policymakers. Education
Dr. Shaw holds a BA in psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University, an MEd in educational psychology from Texas Tech University, and an MA in program evaluation and a PhD in educational psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. SEDL Publications
- Identifying Competencies and Actions of Effective Turnaround Principals: Southeast Comprehensive Center Briefing Paper, January 2013 (2013)
- Shaw, S., Nihalani, P., Mayrath, M., & Robinson, D. H. (2012). Graphic organizers or graphic overviews? Presentation order effects with computer-based text. Educational Technology Research and Development, 60(5), 807–820.
- Shaw, S. M. (2012). Evaluation of the Public Educators Accelerating Kids (PEAK) Pilot Program. Fort Worth Independent School District, Fort Worth, TX.
- Wayman, J. C., Shaw, S. M., & Cho, V. (2011). Second-year results from an efficacy study of the Acuity data system. Austin, TX: Authors.
- Shaw, S. M., Walls, S. M., Dacy, B. S., Levin, J. R. & Robinson, D. H. (2010). A follow-up note on prescriptive statements in nonintervention research studies. Journal of Educational Psychology, 102, 982–988.
- Tallent-Runnels, M. K., Thomas, J., Lan, W., Cooper, S., Shaw, S. M., & Lu, X. (2006). Teaching courses online: A review of the research. Review of Educational Research, 76, 93–135.
- Arellano, B., LaTurner, R. J., & Shaw, S. (2013, March). Demystifying the Measurement of Teacher Quality. Presented at SXSWedu Conference and Festival, Austin, TX
- Shaw, S. M. (2011, April). Using value‐added in Fort Worth (in the Using Value‐Added to Improve Teaching and Learning: Promises and Pitfalls symposium). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.
- Shaw, S. M., Wayman, J. C., & Svinicki, M. D. (2011, April). The relationship between teacher efficacy and teachers’ response to data-driven instructional reforms. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans LA.
- Wayman, J. C., Shaw, S. M., Cho, V., & O’Reilly, J. (2011, April). Does benchmark assessment make a difference for teaching and learning? Paper presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans LA.
- Thurman, P. D., Arispe, S. A., Shaw, S. M., & Poole, S. (2010, September). Rewarding educator collaboration and evaluating educator effectiveness. Presentation at the National Center on Performance Incentives Conference at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
- Shaw, S. M., Vaughn, B. K., & Ellis, R.W. (2010, May). Cognitive strategies in learning statistics: A consideration of correlates with helplessness, anxiety, and self-efficacy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.