MPACT Team Spotlight: Ela Joshi

By Anna Chiang, February 10, 2021

Q. Can you tell us a little bit about your professional background?

I am an education policy researcher at SRI International Center for Education Research and Innovation. I work on several studies that seek to inform policies and practice for students, teachers, and school leaders, including studies of innovative school models and curricula like MPACT.  Recently, I completed my Ph.D. in education policy and leadership. Prior to working in education research, I was a 5th grade teacher in Arizona.

Q. What is your role on MPACT?

I am part of the instrument development and analysis teams. I work on administering surveys and assessments as well as organizing and analyzing the data from teacher responses.

Q. Why do you think it’s important to implement MPACT in classrooms and how do you think it will benefit teachers and students?

As an elementary school teacher, it wasn’t easy to find math and science lessons and resources. In the times that a lesson went well, the joy and amazement I remember seeing in my students was unforgettable. I hope MPACT can help teachers access design-based lessons that get students’ creativity flowing and builds interest and confidence in pursuing more STEM curricula in their educational journeys.

Q. What is something you’re excited and looking forward to doing/learning on the project?

I am looking forward to learning more about teachers’ and students’ experiences with the MPACT curriculum across the diversity of schools, age groups, and school models in the study!