Wendy McColskey joined the SERVE Center at UNCG when it first established itself in 1991 after receiving funding from the USED to operate the Regional Educational Laboratory for the Southeast with a mission of supporting educators in six southeastern states with research, evaluation, policy analysis, and professional development. With her Ph.D. in educational research and evaluation, she was very excited to find herself on the ground floor at SERVE in its early days, providing leadership for R &D projects and working collaboratively with school district partners. Her almost 30 years of leading Research and Evaluation projects resulted in over 40 SERVE publications and products (most recently Measuring Student Engagement in Upper Elementary through High School: A Description of 21 Instruments). Supporting school efforts to improve student engagement and motivation is a particular interest and passion of hers. From 2000-2011 at SERVE, she worked at the forefront of supporting educators in the use of data and research (evidence-based interventions). Currently, she is semi-retired and serves as a Program Director for Evaluation Services. She is an experienced program evaluator, having evaluated a wide range of projects ranging from curriculum reforms to low performing school interventions and most recently, statewide 21st Community Learning Centers and Integrated Student Support programs. In her non-SERVE time, she enjoys competing in national senior tennis tournaments, playing on US teams that have competed in France, Finland, and Croatia.
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