Recently retired from CSDC, Beryl Nelson periodically supports CSDC in a consulting capacity. Prior to her retirement, Beryl was CSDC's Accountability Services Manager and worked with charter schools and their granting agencies on issues of accountability, particularly in the areas of educational programs, governance, and operations. She worked on more than 50 School Quality Reviews as part of CSDC teams, including reviews of schools participating in the Public Charter Schools Grant Program. Prior to joining CSDC, Nelson had extensive experience with charter schools, improving educational programs for low-performing schools, and programs serving English language learners. Nelson has also engaged in direct policy work—she spent nearly ten years at the US Department of Education – most of it with a program focused on teacher training. In addition, as part of a research firm, she worked with teams to design educational policy alternatives for several states in-cluding California and Hawaii. She has conducted policy research and evaluations at both the state and national levels of programs and services for limited English profi-ciency students, including a groundbreaking study of California programs and ser-vices for English language learners. Nelson also was the manager of a six-year US Department of Education contract-funded National Study of Charter Schools—the first national study of charter schools.
Nelson has engaged both in research and school support in two states (California and Oregon) around systemic improvement of schools through creating high perfor-mance learning communities in schools serving large percentages of poor and minor-ity students, also supported by the US Department of Education. In addition, she worked with schools in Alaska, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota to improve the educational outcomes of Native Alaskan and Native American students. In Cali-fornia, she worked with a group of low-performing middle schools to help them bet-ter use data to focus on the challenges of improving their achievement levels. Fi-nally, she worked with a group of 30 charter schools to better use data to drive im-provements in their teaching and learning processes. Nelson earned a Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley. In retirement, she is looking forward to catching up on pleasure reading, doing some volunteer work, going to Oakland A’s games, and generally hanging out.
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