H. Gary Cook, Ph.D.
FLARE Principal Investigator
Dr. H. Gary Cook
works as the Research Director for the WIDA Consortium and is the FLARE Principal Investigator. His recent research interests have focused on assessment alignment as well as applying value-added modeling techniques in urban settings to address key educational questions. Read more
coordinates and provides administrative support for the WIDA research team. This includes planning and organizing WIDA conferences and workshops, completing travel and consultant reimbursements for staff and WIDA partners, and editing research papers. Read more
organizes administrative, fiscal, and communication procedures for research, investigates federal, state, and private funding sources for research initiatives, and works with the team on issues of data quality and security. She also serves as the consortium liaison for Internal Review Board (IRB) submissions regarding human subjects research. Read more
Dr. Rosalie Grant
is a WIDA researcher at WCER. She received her Ph.D. and masters degree in science education from the University of Oklahoma. Her background includes being an educational measurement officer and school review officer for a state education department, and researching and evaluating programs for the Australian government. Read more
Dr. Naomi Lee
's primary responsibility is to design and implement qualitative and mixed design research studies for WIDA at WCER.
In the past she has worked as an Instructor of Psychology at Georgetown University, a Bilingual Spanish-English Case Manager in North Carolina, and an ESL teacher in Germany. Read more
has worked extensively in the field of content-language integration, using a systemic functional linguistics approach to build awareness of discipline-specific language and instructional capacity in elementary and high school content teachers, both in-service and pre-service. Read more
Daniella Molle, Ph.D.
Professional Development Researcher
Dr. Daniella Molle
conducts research that can inform professional development initiatives specifically designed for teachers of multilingual students. She is involved in investigations of what educators learn during professional development, how they put that knowledge into practice, and how their practice facilitates the academic literacy development of multilingual students. Read more
Andy Reichert manages data for the WIDA Research Team. He also presents data to state educational agencies via the WIDA Data Dashboard. Before joining WIDA, he assisted school districts with analyzing NCLB and other standardized assessment data. Andy has a degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
is an Associate Researcher assisting the Research Director on statistical and econometric issues. With a focused quantitative background, Narek comes from a family of language teachers and throughout his academic career has studied his math in three different languages. Narek's current research interests include time-series and panel data analysis, value-added models and statistical benchmarking. Read more
assists the Research Director in analyzing data related to aligning academic standards with assessments and serves as a research liaison to state and local stakeholders. In the past, he has worked as an elementary school teacher, a nonprofit manager, and a policy advisor in local and state government.. Read more
Paula A. White, Ph.D.
FLARE Project Manager
Dr. Paula A. White
has served as researcher and evaluator on numerous projects at WCER. She also served as the Project Manager for the National Institute for Science Education (NISE). Read more