MELISSA SCHROPP, M.A.
Research Scientist. Melissa has broad experience in education including large scale management of statewide initiatives, district-level leadership and classroom instruction. Prior to joining Activate, Melissa served as senior project manager at the Maryland State Department of Education providing programmatic oversight and financial management of the state’s Race to the Top grant. Additionally, she advocated for and designed Maryland’s first statewide formative assessment program focusing on engaging students in the assessment process. Melissa worked with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) as a member of the Educator Leader Cadre providing critical feedback during the development of the assessment. As a member of both the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Formative Assessment Collaborative and Education Information Management Advisory Consortium (EIMAC), she worked with states across the nation advocating for policy changes that support teachers and students. Prior to her work at the state level, Melissa was a district level math facilitator thanks to her strong background in mathematics instruction. Melissa began her career in education as a teacher in Baltimore City. She has a master’s degree in education leadership from Notre Dame of Maryland University.
Research Scientist, Activate Research, Inc.
Sept 2016 – Present
Provide research support for qualitative data collection and analysis including focus groups, content analysis, case studies and support business development activities
- Work directly with clients on analysis and production of education research
- Lead work related to evaluation and implementation of student assessments
- Represent Activate Research at research symposiums and capabilities briefings
Program Manager, Maryland State Department of Education
Aug 2011 – Jun 2015
Collaborated with senior leadership at the Maryland State Department of Education to provide programmatic guidance and financial oversight for federal Race to the Top grant.
- Managed 36 project managers at the Department through the successful completion of 54 unique reform projects designed to support the implementation of new standards and assessments
- Implemented financial tracking and reporting system to improve fiscal monitoring of $125 million Race to the Top federal funding
- Designed and built Maryland’s first state-level formative assessment program, FAME (Formative Assessment for Maryland Educators)
Math Instructional Consultant Central Office, Harford County Public Schools
Bel Air, MD
Sept 2010 – Nov 2011
Collaborated with county leadership and instructional coaches to identify, design and facilitate district wide professional development.
- Provided onsite technical support to schools throughout the county during the implementation and administration of new Scholastic Math Inventory (SMI) assessment program
- Provided school based professional development on SMI data analysis reports and computer adaptive test design
- Planned and presented countywide professional development on utilizing SMI and other classroom data in instructional planning
Math Instructional Facilitator, Harford County Public Schools
Bel Air, MD
Sept 2005 – Apr 2007
School based instructional leader responsible for assisting classroom teachers and administrative staff develop strategies, skills, tools, techniques, and capacity to effectively teach math to all students.
- Implemented Everyday Math Curriculum at the school and county level through collaborative effort with county math coaches and count math supervisor
- Provided job embedded professional development for teachers in mathematics including support in instructional planning, modeling lessons, assessment design, and data analysis
- Served on the school instructional leadership team as math instructional support person to address school-wide challenges in mathematics and represent school at county mathematics briefings
Teacher, Baltimore City Public Schools
Aug 1999 – Nov 2004
Provided high quality differentiated instruction to students in high-risk schools; grades 1, 4, and 5.
- Active member of School Improvement Team
- Managed Gifted and Talented after school program
- Successfully collaborated with leadership team to apply for Maryland’s First Reading Grant
M.A., Education Administration and Leadership
Notre Dame of Maryland University