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About Janet R. Macpherson, Ph.D.

Dr. Janet Macpherson is the Vice President of Research and Product Effectiveness for Voyager Sopris Learning. She is responsible for guiding the research effort for the company, evaluating the effectiveness of our products, and working with customers on special data needs and reporting to clarify and confirm results. Janet taught children with Autism for three years in Kansas City, Missouri and taught children with behavior disorders for three years in Irving, Texas. After working in the private sector for a period of time, Janet returned to the field of Education, working with the educational publisher Voyager Sopris Learning in a research capacity. Janet has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary and Special Education from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Science in Special Education from the University of North Texas, a Master of Science in Mathematics from Texas Woman’s University, and a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of North Texas.

  • Teachers Really Matter! Always!​

    Posted By Janet R. Macpherson, Ph.D. | Feb 08, 2017
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    I will start with full disclosure, I started my after-college life as a teacher, teaching students with special needs for six years. I have known many teachers throughout the years. My spouse is a teacher. My current work allows me to work with district administrators and teachers. Teaching is one of the most complex and challenging professions. For the most part, individuals who can’t stand the heat will leave the profession pretty quickly, ensuring that those who make a career of teaching do so because they believe teaching is a calling. I am one who couldn't stand the heat, and partly due to that experience, I believe teachers are the best thing since sliced bread, in an educational sense.

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  • Context and its Use in Interpreting Assessment Data

    Posted By Janet R. Macpherson, Ph.D. | Oct 26, 2016
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    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part blog discussing context and its use in interpreting assessment data. The first part of this blog was published here on Oct. 19.

    In last week's blog, I wrote about the importance of context in situations from reading to deciphering vocabulary words to interpreting assessment data.

    Although context has many applications for helping to understand unclear situations, it also can be an important guide for educators seeking to compare and evaluate student progress.

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  • Context of Assessments

    Posted By Janet R. Macpherson, Ph.D. | Oct 19, 2016
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    The Importance of Context when Interpreting Assessment Data, Part 1 of 2 Often, “context” is referred to in terms of reading texts or passages. Context is so important that we teach students how to use clues to understand new vocabulary words when reading. Context makes a difference when understanding ambiguous situations that might be easily misunderstood if you don’t understand what happened most recently in the passage or you don't have the culturally relevant information that helps us understand what we are reading. Context is important in many situations, not just reading, and I am going to make the case for context being important when interpreting assessment data.

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