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Diana_yellow jacketUsing Data Project Director: Diana Nunnaley

As a former middle school mathematics teacher, former Director of C4 (a technology professional development center for the state of Massachusetts), and a national trainer for the Higher Order Thinking Skills program, Diana has a long and rich history of working with schools to improve opportunities to learn for all students.

Diana was the Implementation Project Leader for a collaborative project involving TERC, CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), and WCER (University of Wisconsin Education Research Center) to study the effects of assisting teachers in using data on enacted curriculum to improve effectiveness of instruction in mathematics and science education. Prior work includes Co-NECT Schools, a New American Schools Comprehensive School Improvement Program, where Diana worked with a team to design the professional development content and process for field testing in large urban districts. Diana has been with the Using Data Project since its inception.

MatherHeadshot_DQCUsing Data For Meaningful Change Blog Managing Editor: Mary Anne Mather

Mary Anne Mather is Director of The Leadership Studio in Massachusetts and a Senior Program Facilitator for TERC’s Using Data professional development model. She also serves as the voice behind TERC Using Data on FaceBook and Twitter (@TERCUsingData). Additionally, she provides consulting services to The Education Alliance at Brown University’s  Collaboratory for Adolescent Literacy Leaders (CALL) project. Other recent clients include Educational Resource Center’s (EDC) Regional Educational Laboratory: Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI), where she provided resources to help education stakeholders transition research to practice and Foundations, Inc., where she developed literacy-focused online professional development resources for elementary educators. She also serves as social media consultant for Simply Teach Tech and manages their Twitter presence (@SimplyTeachTech).

Mary Anne’s publications include Using The Knowledge Loom: Tools and Ideas for Collaborative Professional Development, Improving Online Collaborative Professional Learning: How Changes to Design Features of the Adolescent Literacy Collaboratory Influenced Participant Retention, Overall Satisfaction, and Engagement (co-author), and The Collaboratory for Adolescent Literacy Leaders: Practitioner Perspectives About Literacy in the Content Areas — all published by The Education Alliance at Brown University and A Recipe for ELL Student Success, published in The Journal of Communication and Education Language Magazine.

JUnger13*Senior Facilitator: Jennifer Unger

As a senior consultant for Using Data, Jennifer assists in the design of training sessions and materials as well as the delivery of professional development. Jennifer has presented at numerous national and regional conferences, developed and published articles and training materials, and conducted workshops for educators nationally and internationally. Jennifer is the founder of The Groupworks, LLC where her work focuses on assisting groups to develop and implement data informed plans that address critical needs and improve educational outcomes.

Jennifer’s background includes 30 years of experience in education as an English Language Arts teacher, district coordinator of professional development, statewide coordinator for the Massachusetts National Science Foundation State Systemic Initiative, and Strategic Planning Specialist for the MA Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education in Malden, MA.

Jennifer’s publication’s include Flex Your School’s Data Muscles, published in Learning Forward’s JSD Magazine.

Guest Bloggers

TERC’s Using Data staff regularly invite Guest Bloggers to talk about issues related to meaningful data use, assessment, school improvement, and professional development. Guest bloggers include Using Data facilitators, school and district leaders, education reform advocates. If you are interested in serving as a Guest Blogger, please send a blog idea outline to

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