Month: August 2015

Dr. Aarti Bellara joins EPSY Faculty

Aarti BellaraAarti P. Bellara Dr. Aarti P. Bellara is an assistant professor in the measurement, evaluation, and assessment (MEA) program in the Department of Educational Psychology at the Neag School of Education. Most recently, Bellara was a researcher and evaluator working with the David C. Anchin Center and the Department of Measurement and Evaluation at the University of South Florida (USF). She has evaluated several state and federal grants and recently conducted two federal grant evaluations at USF.

She received her BA in political science and communication sciences from the University of Connecticut, her MA in teaching and curriculum from Sacred Heart University, and her Ph.D. in educational measurement and research from USF.

She worked for four years in the Fairfield (Conn.) Public Schools as a classroom teacher, teaching both second and fourth grades. Bellara was a member of the school system’s professional development committee and worked with the administration on attaining various speakers and educational developers for the school. She has also written a number of grants, which aimed to enhance learning by using inquiry-based teaching in science and social studies.

Bellara is a member of Kappa Delta Phi International Honor Society, the American Evaluation Association, the Florida Educational Research Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the National Council on Measurement in Education. She has presented at several national conferences, including the American Evaluation Association, and the American Educational Research Association, as well as several regional conferences. Her research interests focus on educational evaluation and measurement; data analysis and leadership; and equity studies with regards to teacher retention and attrition.


Dr. Jonathan Plucker Authors New Policy Brief

The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement announced the release of a new policy brief authored by Dr. Jonathan Plucker, Giftedness, Creativity, and Talent Development Program. The brief entitled, Advanced Academic Performance: Exploring Country-Level Differences in the Pursuit of Educational Excellence can be downloaded from  The International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) is an independent, international cooperative of national research institutions and governmental research agencies. It conducts large-scale comparative studies of educational achievement and other aspects of education, with the aim of gaining in-depth understanding of the effects of policies and practices within and across systems of education.

Jonathan Plucker, Gifted and Talented Program, is a creativity expert who joined the EPSY faculty last fall.