Director, Delaware Education Research and Development Center
University of Delaware
Joan L. Buttram is director of the Delaware Education R&D Center and Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. She has over 35 years of experience conducting program evaluations, the majority focused on programs to improve outcomes for disadvantaged children. Since coming to Delaware in 2006, she has studied Delaware schools that outperform expectations and how district and school leaders spend their time. She is currently conducting research and/or evaluation studies related to high school reform, professional learning communities, multiple professional development and training programs in both K-12 and higher education, climate change, and health services for individuals with disabilities. She also teachers the doctoral level course on program evaluation for the School of Education and advises doctoral students in the Education Leadership program.