EllenThe Board of Directors of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ellen R. Weiss as its new Executive Director, beginning on May 15, 2018. Ms. Weiss’ selection culminates an aggressive national search for an individual with expertise, experience, and vision to advance SREE’s mission to generate knowledge and facilitate applications in new contexts and across fields.

“The Board is very fortunate to have recruited Ms. Weiss to this position” said Dr. Rebecca A. Maynard, University Trustee Chair Professor of Education and Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania and current president of SREE. “Her stellar track record in all aspects of research association management and communications, combined with her background in education policy, provide an ideal blend of skills and experience for guiding SREE through its next phase of development. The SREE Board and I look forward to working closely with Ellen to develop and execute an agenda that deepens SREE’s service to its current members, while also extending the Society’s influence to new audiences.”

Currently, Ellen is the Director of Policy and Communications for the 9,000-member Biophysical Society where she has worked since 2004. At the Society, her role encompasses a broad set of responsibilities including overseeing programs, leading media strategy, content, and metrics, reviewing and editing publications, securing and overseeing external grants, and managing outreach to external stakeholders and constituencies. Prior to joining the Biophysical Society, Ellen served as a legislative aide to Senator Robert Torricelli and held policy positions with the American Federation of Teachers and U.S. Department of Education. Weiss is a 1996 graduate of Smith College, cum laude, and holds a Masters’ degree in Public Policy from Duke University.

“I’m thrilled to become SREE’s new executive director and serve the needs of this outstanding organization” said Weiss. “The quality of SREE’s scholarship in educational research is unrivaled, and I look forward to bringing my skills as an Association leader as well as my passion for educational improvement to further SREE’s critical organizational mission.”

SREE was founded in 2005 as a national membership organization devoted to enhancing educational research relevant to practice from early childhood through the transition to higher and continuing education. Its mission is to advance research on policies, programs, and practices that cause educational and related outcomes. SREE’s activities serve both research and practitioner audiences and include organizing conferences and professional development courses, publishing the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness (JREE), and sharing research tools and professional development videos through its website.

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