My name is Kat Schenke and I’m a learning designer and data scientist. I am the Founder and Principal at Katalyst Methods, an educational research consulting firm I founded in 2019. I also am the co-founder of EdTech Recharge that specializes in providing edtech startups with research to create evidence-informed products.
I work with educational media companies to streamline the development of games and software that actually teach, and to construct assessments that accurately measure outcomes, so that companies can launch effective learning products as quickly as possible.
I also design research, collect data, analyze data, and translate data into easy-to-understand language so that people who care about learning (like parents, educators, developers, policymakers) can understand what’s happening within an educational context — like, for example, what’s the relationship between school culture, social emotional learning, and academic outcomes?
I do this by leveraging my deep expertise in educational psychology, my years of experience designing research, validating assessments, and analyzing big data, and my superstrong work ethic.
I received my Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of California, Irvine, and my B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2009 where I double majored in Psychology and German. I also have a minor in French and Francophone Studies. From 2015 to 2016, I completed a Postdoctoral position at the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles with an affiliation at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). For 3 years I was a Senior Researcher at CRESST working as a psychometrician and evaluator for clients such as the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and PBS KIDS.
Check out my game on the app store (available on iPad only) called Down With Food.
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