Our Experts

The Learning Community and its community partners are working to improve student achievement. Programs that show merit under the most rigorous evaluation are scaled up for intensive evaluation.

The Learning Community's program evaluation team leads a process to make promising programs even better. This "continuous improvement model" is directly tied to three consecutive years of improving student outcomes in Learning Community Extended Learning and Kindergarten Jump Start programs.


Program Evaluation

Lisa St. Clair, Ed.D.
Interdisciplinary Center for Program Evaluation
Munroe Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Lisa St. Clair evaluates local, state and national education programs including the Elementary Learning, family support and family literacy programs offered by the Learning Community. The continuous improvement model allows professional evaluators to modify curriculum and give teachers immediate feedback and tips, allowing students to make bigger academic improvements. St.Clair's team evaluates some of the most innovative organizations in our region including Educare of Omaha, Building Bright Futures Early Childhood Services Network, Nebraska 21st Century Community Learning Centers, the Learning Community of Douglas and Sarpy Counties, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Summer of Innovation, and many others.

Data Analysis

Dr. Bert Jackson
Planning and Evaluation Consulting

Dr. Bert Jackson is an expert in educational program evaluation and a key advisor for the Learning Community. She is involved in educational data collection and analysis, and oversees the evaluation of Open Enrollment. Dr. Jackson brings "real world" expertise to her role. As an administrator with Westside Community Schools for 17 years, she served as Director of Administrative Services, Executive Director of Curriculum and Research and Associate Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. In her 35 year educational career, she was an Evaluation Consultant for CTB-McGraw Hill and managed student testing and teacher certification for the Kansas Department of Education.


Family Literacy

Karen Sandoval
Focus on Family Literacy

Karen R. Sandoval believes that literacy is a family affair. She guides the Learning Community's development of a family literacy model based on 18 years of experience working with more than 400 programs nationally and internationally. She started her work in family literacy as a teacher and coordinator in the Even Start Family Literacy program. As a family literacy specialist for the National Center for Family Literacy, Sandoval was the lead trainer for the Toyota Family Literacy Project. She also participated in the Family and Child Education (FACE) program funded by the Bureau of Indian Education. Karen was Senior Adult Education/Family Literacy Specialist at FACE project. She is currently the president of Focus on Family Literacy.

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