Center on Research and Evaluation
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 400
Dr. Anupama Shekar is an Evaluation Consultant for the Center on Research and Evaluation (CORE). In her role, Anu is involved in program evaluation and research of community-based initiatives and professional development programs. Her focus is on mixed-methods and qualitative methodologies. In her current work, she is interested in designing and using mixed-methods and qualitative methodological approaches to explore complexities and understand the nuances of actions and change that takes place in educational settings and within communities. She develops survey and qualitative data collection instruments and also conducts qualitative analyses using traditional coding approaches and qualitative analyses software.
Prior to joining CORE, she worked as the Director for Evaluation at Teaching Trust in Dallas, Texas, an education leadership non-profit organization. She also worked as an Associate Researcher with the WIDA Consortium which is a national and international prek-12 language development and assessment program housed at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked on the research and design of a leadership coaching program for educators of early childhood dual-language learners and produced literature reviews for coaching within contexts of leadership, professional learning communities, and families. She also developed program materials and evaluation tools for WIDA’s Early Years coaching program.
She previously also served as a postdoctoral research associate in WIDA's Teaching & Learning Department. She conducted evaluations of WIDA's professional development programs and initiatives and supported efforts to develop, implement, and evaluate continuous improvement practices.
During her tenure at WIDA and while pursuing her doctorate in educational leadership, she helped develop and evaluate a data literacy program (LADDER) for educators of ELLs. This project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition, helped consortium schools make data-driven decisions about their English language learners. Her dissertation identified practices of effective principal leadership and parent and family involvement among low-income communities in the U.S. and India.
Prior to moving to the U.S, she received a Master's degree in Journalism and worked as a print journalist for the New Indian Express (a national mainstream newspaper) focusing on public educational policy issues in South India. This is where her journey in education formally began. The stories made an impact on her and drove her to quit journalism and apply in the United States to study educational leadership and policy formally.
She earned her doctoral degree from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013.