“The joy of teaching and researching in education comes in interweaving art and science to empower others and promote equitable education towards a more connected citizenry.”
Tami Kopischke Smith
Tami Kopischke Smith is an Associate Professor of Education at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed her doctorate in educational psychology, with a specialization in tests and measurement, in 2001 at the University of Virginia. Prior to her arrival at Goucher in 2004, she was the Education Research Program Manager at the University of Maryland, Center for Quality and Productivity where she worked with local districts to assess the impact of their management systems on student achievement. At Goucher College, she teaches a broad range of courses that address educational psychology, research and data use, and multicultural perspectives. Dr. Smith’s is an Affiliate Researcher at the Johns Hopkins, Baltimore Education Research Consortium, where she participates in research-practitioner relationships within Baltimore City Public Schools. She has conducted a number of studies related to how teachers use data, school climate, and high value high schools. She has written about how teachers and students responded to the incidents surrounding the death of Freddie Gray. Most recently, her scholarship has focused on Improvement Science methodology, developing a model and survey for measuring a school’s readiness to adopt change and is leading a research team in redefining how we assess school quality.
Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress
Dr. Smith is currently working with a team to define and identify the adult factors related to the “quality of a seat” in public school. The project is funded the Baltimore Community Foundation. To see a summary of the work check-out this 20-minute update.
For video: https://youtu.be/s-9P2eNrEIE
She has also recently co-published a blog about using Improvement Science methodology in schools and school systems.
Connolly, F., Stein, M. L., & Smith, T.K. (2017, August 7). The Case for Improvement Science.
(2017, August). Baltimore Community Foundation 20 Minute Update: School Effectiveness.
Smith, T.K., (February, 2017). School Readiness for Improvement Science: Driver Diagram and Survey. Funded by Improving Education.
Smith, T.K., Gibson, S., & Bridges, T. (January, 2016). Voices from the High Value High
Project. Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Baltimore.
Smith, T. K., Connolly, F., & Pryseski, C. (2014, February). Positive School Climate:
What it Looks Like and How it Happens. Baltimore Education Research Consortium. Baltimore. http://baltimore-berc.org/school-climate/
Smith, T. K. (2010, August). Evaluation of Washington County Public Schools
extended-day for teachers: Trends in achievement and best practices. Report presented to Washington County Public Schools Senior Staff. Hagerstown, MD.
Robinson, A. & Smith, T.K. (2010, October). Campus climate related to diversity at
Ursinus College: A report from the Teagle visiting team from Goucher College during Year 2. Report presented to Ursinus College. Collegeville, PA.
Curry, M. & Smith, T.K. (2010, March). Diversity at Washington College: A report from
the Teagle visiting team from Goucher College. Report presented to Washington
College. Chestertown, MD.
Smith, T. K. (2009, August). Evaluation of classroom data use in six Title I elementary
schools in Washington County Public Schools. Report presented to Washington
County Public Schools Senior Staff. Hagerstown, MD.
Tuttle, T. & Smith, T.K. (2005). Dorchester County integrative management system
assessment. Report presented to Dorchester County Public Schools Superintendent. Cambridge, MD.
Smith, T.K. (2005). School and district integrated management systems deployment and trends in
student achievement. Unpublished manuscript, Center for Quality and Productivity, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Refereed Journal Articles
Smith, T.K. & Moreno-Lopez, I. (2012). Outcomes of an interdisciplinary
study abroad course: Learning Spanish and multicultural education concurrently. Intercultural Education, 23 (4), 359-373.
Moreno-Lopez, I., Saenz de Tejada, C., & Smith, T.K. (2008). Language and study
abroad across the curriculum: An analysis of course development. Foreign
Language Annals, 41(4), 674-86.
External Awards, Honors, Grants
- Quality Seats funded by Baltimore Community Foundation
- High Value High School funded by Open Society Institute – Baltimore
- Positive School Climate funded by Open Society Institute – Baltimore
Conference Papers & Panel Participation
Refereed Conference Papers and Panels
Smith, T. K. & Gibson, S. (2016, April). Actions and Reactions in the Aftermath of
Freddie Gray: Voices from Baltimore Schools, Panel lead at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Associate–Public Scholarship to Education Diverse Democracies Washington DC.
Smith, T. K. & Connolly, F. (2015, April). Positive school climate: What it looks like and
how it happens. Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association. Chicago, IL.
Smith, T. K. & Morgan, E. M. (2011, April). Closing the gap between Title I and non-
Title I schools: Does systemic data focus make a difference? Paper presented at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association. New Orleans, LA.
Smith, T. K. & Morgan, E. M. (2010, April). A case study of school reform factors
contributing to student achievement: Perceptions and results. Paper presented
at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association. Denver, CO.
Smith, T.K. & Morgan, E.M. (2009, April). Using formative and summative data to
improve instructional decisions that meet individual student needs. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association, San Diego, CA.
Smith, T.K. & Moreno-Lopez, I. (2008, October). Assessment of student outcomes in an
interdisciplinary study abroad course: Learning Spanish through multicultural
education content. Paper presented at the Conference on Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum, Chapel Hill, NC.
Smith, T.K., Wayman, J. & Gasko, J. (2006, November). School practices in the
effective use of student data for educational improvement. University Council for
Educational Administration 20th Convention. San Antonio, TX.
Smith, T.K., Moreno-Lopez, I, & Saenz de Tejada,C(2006,October). Building interdisciplinary study abroad courses. Paper presented at the Cultures and Languages Across the Curriculum Conference, Portland, OR.
Additional Conference Presentations
Smith, T. K., (July & August, 2013). Positive School Climate: Preliminary Findings. Presented at the Second Annual School Climate Workgroup for Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD.
Moreno-Lopez, I. & Smith, T.K. (2009, March). Student advances in Spanish and intercultural proficiency through a Title VI interdisciplinary study abroad course. Presented at the Title VI 50th Anniversary Conference, Washington, DC.
Smith, T.K., Harvey, M., & Newlin, N. (2002, October). Data, data, everywhere: School Improvement teams. Baldrige Learning Conference 2002. Laurel, MD.
Kopischke, T.L., O’Donnell, & Tuttle, T. (2001, December). Baldrige assessment options. Baldrige Learning Conference 2001. Laurel, MD.
Smith, T. K., (July & August, 2013). Positive School Climate: Preliminary Findings.
Presented at the Second Annual School Climate Workgroup for Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore, MD.
Academic or Professional Associations
American Education Research Association (AERA)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)