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Evaluation Capacity Building Staff

Brooke Culclasure
Brooke Culclasure is the Center for Education Policy and Leadership’s Research Director. Currently, Dr. Culclasure oversees the Center’s Program and Evaluation Capacity Building Initiative and serves as the Principal Investigator of studies related to Montessori education, New Tech schools, and project-based learning. She also serves as a co-Investigator for the United Way of Greenville County’s OnTrack Greenville initiative. She is a lecturer in the Politics and International Affairs Department at Furman University and an editorial board member for the Journal of Montessori Research. She has had recent presentations at the International Montessori Congress, the American Education Research Association annual meeting, and the American Montessori Society national conference. Dr. Culclasure earned master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of South Carolina and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.
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Sally Morris Cote
Sally Morris Cote is the Riley Institute’s Director of Planning and Evaluation Capacity Building in the Center for Education Policy and Leadership (CEPL). In this role, she oversees the Institute’s work to address the pressing need for nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and other federally and locally funded programs to have access to affordable services designed to help them build their capacity for evaluation. These services include, but are not limited to, the development of comprehensive program logic models and evidence-based theory of change narratives. In addition, Dr. Morris Cote has extensive experience designing and implementing small and large-scale survey research projects, as well as conducting qualitative research, particularly through the use of in-depth interviews and field observations; she draws on this experience to provide survey design and general research support for the Institute’s numerous programs and research studies. Graduating with a B.A. in Sociology from Furman University, Dr. Morris Cote completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received a M.A. in Sociology and a Certificate in Survey Methodology.
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Alexis Sprogis

Alexis Sprogis
 joined the Riley team in 2008. She is currently a Research Specialist with the Center for Education Policy and Leadership, where she is responsible for assisting with data collection, instrument and report creation, research logistics, and database compilation associated with several research projects, including the South Carolina Public School Montessori study, the Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program evaluation and the education model evaluation funded by the Education Oversight Committee. She received a B.A. from Winthrop University in 2006 and is in the process of earning her M.A. at the University of Nebraska (Kearney).
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Intern

Kate Stevens
Kate Stevens  is the AmeriCorps VISTA member working in conjunction with the Riley Institute's Center for Education Policy and Leadership and the Jefferson Awards Foundation. She graduated from Furman University after receiving a B.A. in both Sociology and Music. She worked as a Summer Fellow through the Furman Advantage, and continued to work as a Riley Institute intern for the 2017-2018 academic year. While at Furman, she completed a quantitative study examining student perspectives of sexual assault and was published in the 2015 Carolina Communications Association Annual as a Debut Scholar in Rhetorical Analysis. Kate is interested in pursuing a career in the nonprofit sector related to social service policy research, implementation, and analysis.