Research Scientist. Jane has extensive experience with study design, data collection, and data analysis in quantitative and mixed-methods studies. Her expertise also extends into program evaluation, particularly with respect to the adequacy of program funding and the cost of program implementation. In addition to her research expertise, Jane has a background in non-profit educational program management, teaching, and coaching. Jane has a master’s degree in psychology from Washington College and a doctorate in education policy and leadership from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Research Scientist,  Activate Research, Inc.

Washington, D.C.
Jan 2015 – Present

Provide assistance with research projects

  • Aid in the publication process for the Data Development Program at the National Center for Education Statistics
  • Assist in the evaluation of science alternate assessments for a large school district
  • Develop and implement cost-analysis of restorative justice discipline policies and practices in schools
  • Create questionnaire items based on research as well as policy relevance for large-scale surveys
  • Evaluate the Possible Dream Project

Research Intern,  Center for Summer Learning (JHU)

Baltimore, MD
Jun 2007 – Dec 2007

Aided researchers and staff in designing and implementing study on the cost of summer programs

  • Designed template used to capture all resources necessary to run a high-quality summer program
  • Trained and assisted summer program employees on utilizing the cost template
  • Participated in initial analysis of cost data and write-up of final report
  • Authored, co-authored, edited briefs and other publications
  • Responded to data requests from government officials, public users, and institutions directed to NCES

Research Assistant,  High Quality Teaching Project (HQT) (UMD)

College Park, MD
Apr 2004 – May 2008

Contributed to the HQT study by both collection data and analyzing quantitative data gathered during four years of teacher observations

  • Assisted Dr. Robert Croninger and other team members on all quantitative data collected
  • Used SPSS syntax to clean and analyze data from the HQT project
  • Observed fourth and fifth grade math and reading teachers for the HQT project using a timed, computerized evaluation program

Research Assistant, Cost of National Board Certification Study (UMD)

College Park, MD
Nov 2003 – Jun 2004

Assisted Dr. Jennifer King Rice on cost-analysis of National Board Certification support programs

  • Applied cost templates to two National Board support programs
  • Conducted and wrote a literature review of the costs of professional development opportunities for teachers

Executive Director, Student Enrichment Program, Kent School

Chestertown, MD
Aug 2000 – Aug 2003

Managed the non-profit organization that implemented a summer learning program for low-income students in grades 1-8

  • Coordinated all aspects of the summer program, including transportation, food, pool use, field trips, supplies and student selection
  • Managed all fundraising activities, efforts and correspondence
  • Monitored all financial aspects of Horizons, including reporting and budgeting
  • Supervised and trained staff of 20 during the summer program
  • Maintained ongoing relationship with the national organization, Horizons National Student Enrichment Program, Inc.

Ph.D. Education Policy and Leadership

University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, MD
Aug 2014

M.A., Psychology
Washington College, Chestertown, MD
May 2000

B.A., Biomedical Engineering
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
May 1997

Redford, J., Burns, S., & Hall, L. J. (2018). The Summer After Kindergarten: Children’s Experiences by Socioeconomic Characteristics (NCES 2018-160). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.

Rice, J.K. & Hall, L. J. (2008). National Board Certification for teachers. What does it cost and how does it compare? Education Finance and Policy, (3)3, 339-373.


Differential effects of practices on the reading achievement of students with learning disabilities. American Education Research Association, New York, NY, 2008. (second author with Nat Malkus).

What does it cost to operate a summer learning program? American Education Finance Association, Denver, CO, 2008. (second author with Susanne Randolph Sparks).

The effects of teacher practices and qualifications on 4th and 5th grade reading outcomes. American Education Research Association, Chicago, IL, 2007. (second author with Nat Malkus).

National Board Certification for teachers: What Does it Cost? American Education Research Association, Louisville, KY, 2005. (with Jennifer King Rice).