Staff Profile REEd

Joanne Bookmyer
Senior Director, Inquiry and Improvement Science

Dr. Bookmyer’s research interest is in the area of teacher professional growth. When she began her career at UC Davis in 2002 she oversaw an active K-12 teacher researcher network and the administration of a small grants project for educational research that was collaboratively designed and conducted by university and K-12 educators. Hired as the Director of Collaborative Projects in 2002, she was involved in various local, state, and national school reform and improvement initiatives. The included acting in the role of External Evaluator for the federal Sacramento City Unified School District Smaller Learning Community Grant, as Project Manager for a Network for a Healthy California SNAP-Ed initiative, and as the Technical Assistance Team Lead for Sierra Health Foundation’s REACH (Connecting Communities and Youth for a Healthy Future) initiative. In 2009, Dr. Bookmyer was awarded an Improving Teacher Quality Grant (Teacher-based Reform). That grant has been augmented four times (most recently under the title: Resourcing Integrated Professional Learning Systems); total funding is $8.9 million. In her current role Dr. Bookmyer is part of the leadership team charged with moving REEd to a structured Networked Improvement Community as a means to accelerate the spread and scale of research-based instructional practices more broadly across schools and districts.

Professional Preparation

  • Ph.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Arizona State University, 1999
  • M.S., Higher Education, Syracuse University, 1987
  • B.S., Arts Education, Kutztown University, 1985

Previous Positions

  • 2002-2014, Director, Collaborative Projects, CRESS (now REEd), UC Davis.
  • 2001-2002, Post Graduate Researcher, CRESS (now REEd), UC Davis.
  • 1999-2001, Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Think Tank, Maricopa Community Colleges.

Selected Projects

  • Improving Teacher Quality Grant. Resourcing Integrated Professional Learning Systems. (Principal investigator with Susan O’Hara-2013-2014: $5.8 M)
  • Improving Teacher Quality Grant. Teacher-based Reform. (Principal Investigator-2009-2014: $3.1 M)

Synergistic Activities

2011-2014, Assessment and Dissemination Team Project Consultant, Improving Teacher Quality State Grant Program (California Department of Education).

Selected Publications

  • Newton, R., Pisi, F. & Bookmyer, J. (2013). Leveraging Funding for Expanded Learning. Leadership Magazine, 43:2, 30-33.
  • Bookmyer, J., Watson, V., Gallimore, W., and Bell, M. (2012). The Algebra Success Academy, Institutional Collaboration and Teacher-Driven Change. Presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Vancouver, Canada, 2012.
  • Bookmyer, J. and Niebuhr, D. California Healthy Start: Seed Funding to Build Partnership for Student Success. May 2011.

Professional Collaborators (within the past 48 months)

  • Ann Jaquith, Stanford University
  • Mike Kotar, Chico State University
  • Emma Hipolito, UCLA Center X
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