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EPI Adds K-12 Expert to Virginia Office

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA, June 12, 2007 — The Educational Policy Institute, a non-profit research center devoted to the study of educational opportunity, is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Deborah Wolcott Stone to its Virginia-based research staff. Dr. Stone has 15 years experience in early intervention, preschool, and K-12 education as an educator and program evaluator. In her new role as Senior Research Associate at EPI, she will be responsible for furthering the K-12 research for the organization. Dr. Stone currently has served in a consulting role on EPI's Reading First evaluation project for the state of North Carolina.


Prior to joining EPI, Dr. Stone conducted comprehensive evaluations of the Success by Eight program, Applied Behavior Analysis program for preschool children with autism, Core Knowledge, and Language Arts Performance Assessments as a programs evaluator with Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). She also provided consultation evaluation services to FCPS to assess the effectiveness of the LEAD Fairfax leadership development program, the Project Excel program to increase student achievement at the lowest performing elementary schools, and special education parent perceptions.


Dr. Stone also served as a Senior Research Associate for Caliber Associates, where she conducted detailed reviews of educational research to determine validity of methodology approach and effectiveness of curriculum/program content through a contract for the What Works Clearinghouse, funded by the US Department of Education. She also served on a team to conduct comprehensive research reviews of current issues in education using a set of standards to ensure methodological validity and rigor through a contract funded by the National School Boards Association. Dr. Stone has provided technical assistance regarding evaluation and curriculum issues to school-based and central office administrators, school board members, program managers, and service providers. She has been an elementary school classroom teacher, math and reading resource teacher, school librarian, and provided early intervention services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities.


Dr. Stone received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology & Child Family Studies from the University of Denver, an MA in Counseling Psychology from Bowie State University, and her BS in Dietetics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also has a MLS in Library and Information Services and a teaching credential in elementary education.


Her role as Senior Research Associate at EPI is to further the program evaluation work that EPI is currently conducting. EPI is in the midst of two major K-12 studies at this time, the first being an evaluation of No Child Left Behind Act on students with disabilities for the National Council on Disability, and the second an evaluation of the Reading First program in North Carolina. In addition, EPI was recently named a lead evaluator for the School District of Osceola County in Florida.


Dr. Stone can be reached at

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The Educational Policy Institute is a non-profit research center focused in issues of educational opportunity, especially for our most needy populations. Based in Virginia Beach with offices in Toronto and Melbourne, EPI conducts program evaluation, policy analysis, and conducts professional development opportunities for educational professionals throughout the education continuum. Visit the EPI website at