Joan Bush, Ph.D., Director of Program Evaluation in Dallas ISD, discovered a passion for program evaluation in the early 1990s as a doctoral student working in the Center for Collaborative Research at the University of North Texas. Upon completion of her Ph.D., she carried out internal evaluation studies as an evaluation specialist in Dallas ISD and later as the Assistant Director of Research, Evaluation, and Planning in Irving ISD.
She worked for over 12 years as an independent, full‑time research/evaluation consultant. As a consultant, she partnered with school districts, universities, research centers, and education service centers to conduct local, area, and statewide studies. Eventually, she returned to Dallas ISD to serve as the Evaluation Manager of Student and Community Support Initiatives and recently became the director of the program evaluation group. Over the years, she has been involved in a wide range of evaluations including at‑risk student initiatives, instructional technology projects, extended day school programs, virtual learning initiatives, early childhood programs, high school smaller learning communities, professional development initiatives, student prevention/intervention programs, teacher recruitment and retention initiatives, transitional first grade, charter schools, and more.
Dr. Bush holds a Ph.D. in educational research from the University of North Texas along with bachelor and master degrees from Baylor University.
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