Dr. Nathan Jones is an Associate Professor of Special Education, with tenure. His research focuses on teacher quality, teacher development, and school improvement, with a specific emphasis on the use of measures of teacher effectiveness in evaluation systems. He formerly taught special education in the Mississippi Delta and holds a doctorate in Educational Policy from Michigan State University.
Jones is currently the principal investigator of a $1.6 million IES grant examining whether the Framework for Teaching (FFT) – an observation system used in over 20 states and hundreds of school districts – can be used validly and reliably in the evaluation of special education teachers. He is also Co-PI on a 4-year, $1.6 million IES study (PI: Eric Camburn, UW-Madison) measuring how teachers spend their time, experience their school context, and respond emotionally to their work. He has recently completed a three-year study funded through W.T. Grant examining the training of administrators as raters in a consequential teacher evaluation system. Jones currently serves as an editor of The Elementary School Journal and is on the editorial board at The Journal of Teacher Education.
Associate Professor of Special Education
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