Brenda M. Dixon, Ed.D.
Dr. Brenda M. Dixon is a recently retired educator. Dr. Dixon retired as the Research and Evaluation Officer at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). In this position, Dr. Dixon provided data analysis and supervised research that contributed to the evaluation of educational programs and initiatives. She worked to assess, integrate, and align the functions and operations of the Information Systems, Data Strategies & Analytics, Research, and Assessment departments to support practices for improving student outcomes. Dr. Dixon has an extensive background in teaching, education research, data analytics, assessment, and accountability. Prior to her current role at ISBE, she served as a Research and Analysis manager in ISBE’s Data Strategies & Analytics Department. Additionally, Dr. Dixon has served as an assistant principal at both Hazel Crest School District 152½ and Valley View School District 365U and director of Assessment, Data, and Accountability at Oswego Community School District 308. Dr. Dixon also served as director of Assessment and Accountability at Plainfield Community School District 202 and director of Research and Evaluation at Wayzata Independent School District 284. Dr. Dixon began her career in education as a fifth-grade teacher at Indian Prairie School District 204. As a former educator, Dr. Dixon understands the crucial relationship between data-informed decisions and positive student outcomes. Specific Areas of Expertise * Data Analysis * Educational Research * Program Evaluation * Assessment * Balanced Assessment System Development * Strategic Planning and Evaluation