RSEC maintains partnerships with a multitude of exemplary scholars. Project leads are selected based on their content knowledge, ability to successfully lead a project, and history of forming cohesive, long-lasting relationship with clients. Their teams meet clients’ needs and have the full support of the RSEC community. Click on individuals’ names for background on RSEC associates.

Michael Goetz
Specialty Areas: School Finance, Resource Reallocation, Cost-Effectiveness

Dr. Michael Goetz curriculum vita


Dr. Michael Goetz is the Executive Director of RSEC. Clients include the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, National Center for Innovation in Education, Council for Better Education, Foundation for Child Development, National Academy of Education, School District of Palm Beach County, Allovue, Picus Odden and Associates, and several legislative and gubernatorial committees.

In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of RSEC, Goetz leads projects related to educational policy and school finance research. He has worked with academics and policymakers to analyze fiscal data and develop models for PK-12 school finance equity and adequacy in Kentucky, North Dakota, Maine, Texas, Arkansas, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Arizona. Goetz has also performed analyses of school-based resource allocation and restructuring in Alaska, Hawaii, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Before focusing on school finance policy, Goetz was a Researcher with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Prior to joining CPRE, he managed K-8 educational centers for Score Learning, Inc. in New York and taught middle school math and science in Kansas City.

Dr. Goetz received a B.A. in Educational Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at University of Wisconsin—Madison. He received a Wisconsin-Spencer Doctoral Research Program Fellowship, a dissertation grant from the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the American Education Finance Association (AEFA) New Scholar Award.

Geoffrey Borman
Specialty Areas: Quantitative Methods, Urban Education, Educational Outcome Distribution

Dr. Geoffrey Borman curriculum vita

Geoffrey BormanTrained as a quantitative methodologist at the University of Chicago, Dr. Borman (Ph.D., 1997) ( is a Professor of Education Leadership and Policy Analysis, Educational Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. In addition, he is the Director of the University of Wisconsin’s Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program, and a Senior Researcher with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. Professor Borman’s main substantive research interests revolve around the social distribution of the outcomes of schooling and the ways in which policies and practices can help address and overcome educational inequality. His primary methodological interests include the synthesis of research evidence, the design of quasi-experimental and experimental studies of educational innovations, and the specification of school-effects models.

Over the past ten years, Borman has led or co-directed fourteen major randomized controlled trials, which have included randomization and delivery of educational interventions at the student, classroom, school, and district levels. He has conducted three recent research syntheses, including a meta-analysis of the achievement effects of 29 nationally disseminated school reform models. Finally, other recent projects reveal the consequences of attending high-poverty schools and living in high-poverty neighborhoods and uncover some of the mechanisms through which social-context effects may be manifested.

Professor Borman has been appointed as a methodological expert to advise many national research and development projects, including the Investing in Innovation Fund program grantees and three of the nation’s regional educational laboratories funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. He serves on the editorial boards of seven academic journals, including the American Educational Research Journal, Research Synthesis Methods, Reading Research Quarterly, and Elementary School Journal. He served for five years as a Principal Standing Panel Member of the Education Systems and Broad Reform Research Review Panel of the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences and was appointed to the 15-member Urban Education Research Task Force established to advise the U.S. Department of Education on issues affecting urban education. His research has been funded by a variety of organizations, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, Institute of Education Sciences, American Educational Research Association Grants Program, Spencer Foundation, Open Society Institute, and Smith-Richardson Foundation, among others. Dr. Borman was the recipient of a 2002 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, the 2004 Raymond Cattell Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association, the 2004 American Educational Research Association Review of Research Award, and the 2008 American Educational Research Association Palmer O. Johnson Award. In 2009, Dr. Borman’s significant contributions to the field of education research were recognized by his nomination and selection as a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.

Rhonda Broussard
Specialty Areas: Language Immersion, International Baccalaureate, Start-up Schools

Rhonda Broussard curriculum vita

Rhonda BroussardRhonda Broussard is an International Education Entrepreneur. She views education as her social justice issue and has been a leader in diversity and international education initiatives throughout her 23-year career in public education. In 2007, Rhonda founded St. Louis Language Immersion Schools (SLLIS), a charter management organization designed to be Missouri’s first K-12 immersion and International Baccalaureate education continuum. SLLIS is an intentionally diverse school community and is the first public school in the US to offer this rigorous academic model to a majority minority student population and socio-economically diverse student population. Under Rhonda’s leadership, the first three schools in the network became IB World Authorized Schools, and SLLIS achieved an AYP of 92%, equivalent to Accreditation with Distinction from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Rhonda served as President of SLLIS until June 2015.

Rhonda is a Pahara-Aspen Institute Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leaders Network. Rhonda is a 2014 recipient of the Eisenhower Fellowship for International Leadership. During her fellowship she studied whole system education reform and teacher education practices in Finland and New Zealand. Rhonda serves on the Board of Directors of PROMO Missouri and the Missouri Charter Public School Association. Rhonda has received numerous recognitions including 2008 30 Leaders 30 Years by Breakthrough Collaborative, 2009 St. Louis Luminary by St. Louis Magazine, 2010 Buzz List by ALIVE Magazine, 2010 YMCA Strong Kids Zealot by The Monsanto Family YMCA, 2012 Diverse Business Leader by St. Louis Business Journal, 2013 Social Sector Excellence Award by St. Louis New Leaders Council, and 2015 People Who Inspire by Delux Magazine.

Rhonda Broussard is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana. Rhonda has taught French in public schools in New York City, Connecticut, California and St. Louis and has earned National Board Certification, the most prestigious teaching credential in the United States. Rhonda completed her undergraduate studies in French and Secondary Education at Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Arts degree in French Studies from New York University’s Institute of French Studies. Growing up in Louisiana, she was inspired by the idea of the francophone world and has dedicated herself to continuing to explore the connections between francophone regions. As a result, in addition to learning French since childhood, she has studied and conducted research in metropolitan France, Cameroon and Martinique. Rhonda began her education reform career as a teenage staff member with the Breakthrough Collaborative in New Orleans, Kansas City and San Francisco. Rhonda and her bilingual family live in St. Louis City and use the One Parent One Language method. Rhonda studies, performs and occasionally teaches traditional dances from the African diaspora.

Lisa M. Dorner
Specialty Areas: Bilingual Education, Policy Implementation, Immigrant Families

Dr. Lisa Dorner curriculum vita

Dr. Lisa M. DornerDr. Dr. Lisa M. Dorner is an Associate Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research expertise centers on bilingual education, policy implementation, and immigrant family integration, especially in “new” spaces. Lisa’s publications can be found in the American Educational Research Journal, American Journal of Education, Educational Policy and the Journal of Educational Change. She teaches undergraduate courses in child development, graduate courses in research methods, and specialty courses on the theories of human development, language education, and migration.

Since 2007, Lisa has conducted program evaluations for non-profit organizations, universities, and K-12 school districts. Most of this work has centered on questions of school climate, service-learning, and leadership. She uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to ensure that stakeholders understand not only the impact of their projects, but also the processes of their implementation; this ensures that organizations can scale-up effective programs, or appropriately change ineffective ones. She also works with local agencies and educators to develop online curricula and conversations about the immigrant experience ( and the development of language immersion education. With colleagues, she co-founded the Missouri Dual Language Network in 2014 (

Lisa received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 2006. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri–St. Louis; a Program Director at Education for Global Involvement in Chicago; a Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Language Teacher in Niigata, Japan; and an instructor at the City Colleges of Chicago. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in English, and considers herself an “emerging bilingual” (Spanish). Read more at

Mike Griffith
Specialty Areas: State Budgets, Taxation/Revenue Policy, Cost-Benefit Analyses

Mike Griffith curriculum vita

mike-griffithMike Griffith is the School Finance Director for Education Commission of the States (ECS) and works as an independent school finance consultant. His clients include: the Ford Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, RSEC, and Lawrence O. Picus & Associates. He has worked in the field of school finance policy for the past 17 years with ECS, the consulting firm of Augenblick & Myers, and the Michigan State Senate.

Griffith is a recognized national source for the collection and analysis of state-level education data, including literature reviews, in-depth research and analyses of primary sources (including state budgets and legislation), and multiple levels of quality checks and controls. Griffith is known for his accurate and dependable evidence-based research, which he has expertly conducted on a wide variety of education issues, including school finance – both as an independent contractor and as an analyst with the Education Commission of the States.

Griffith’s research has focused on the condition of state budgets, the adequacy and equity of state finance formulas, and promising practices in funding programs for high-need students. Griffith has been part of school funding studies in Connecticut, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, South Carolina and Vermont. While at ECS, Griffith has worked with policymakers in all 50 states to reshape their school funding systems with the goal of improving student achievement. Griffith is an expert resource to national news media and has been quoted over 250 times by such outlets as: CNN, Education Week, NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio and The New York Times.

Griffith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University; a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from The Ohio State University; and a Master of Arts degree in Education Management from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.


Richard Seder
Specialty Areas: Facilities Management, Transportation Formulation, and Quantitative Methods

Dr. Richard Seder curriculum vita

richard-sederDr. Richard C. Seder is president and principal associate of Emergent Policy & Systems, Inc. He is currently working with the State of Wyoming School Facilities Department overseeing the state’s review of its school facilities adequacy standards, including the review of statutes, rules and regulations, and methodologies related to school size, enrollment projections, and capacity. He is also currently engaged with the State of Connecticut as a designated expert witness in its school finance litigation on issues of equity and adequacy.

Richard most recently served as the associate director and lead of all research and evaluation activities for the Regional Educational Laboratory serving the Pacific region under a $25.4 million, five-year contract funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education. While there, he oversaw research and technical assistance related to ensuring college and career readiness, strengthening teacher effectiveness, engaging families and communities, and developing meaningful education management information systems.

Dr. Seder has worked with the State of Wyoming since 2001 designing, developing, and assisting with the implementation of its school finance formula, including the estimation of base funding levels, an innovative at-risk funding adjustment, and small-school and small-district adjustments. He was instrumental in the state being released from court jurisdiction by testifying for more than four days translating the complicated intricacies of the state’s funding formula and the research-based rationale for each aspect of the funding formula. As a result, Dr. Seder was retained by the State of Wyoming’s Attorney General’s Office of School Finance Litigation to provide oversight of the state’s transition of funding formulas and to assist the Wyoming Department of Education in its implementation. He was also retained to assist the newly created Wyoming School Facilities Commission and School Facilities Department with creating systems, processes, and methodologies. Among the many successful initiatives and accomplishments working with the agency was bringing to the state an industry-leading methodology for assessing the physical condition of all of the state’s school buildings and a state-of-the-art information system to record detailed information about the school district physical assets across Wyoming. Richard continues to work with the agency on developing short-term and long-term facility plans.

In addition to his current designation in Connecticut and prior designation in Wyoming, Dr. Seder served as an expert witness on issues related to school-finance equity and adequacy in Montana, where he worked with the state to successfully defend its school finance system. He also served in a litigation support role in Massachusetts (for the state) and Texas, each finding verdicts in favor of his clients. In each of these roles, Dr. Seder was responsible for critically reviewing adequacy studies, often having the courts dismiss those adequacy studies as evidence because of poor quality and other technical deficiencies. Dr. Seder has designed and conducted adequacy and program costing studies in Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Texas, Washington, Wyoming,

Richard has also worked with ministries of education and non-governmental organizations (e.g., UNICEF) on issues related to early childhood development finance and governance in Cambodia, Laos, Angola, and Tajikistan. In Tajikistan, Dr. Seder created a funding model that was piloted by the national government that was transparent and efficient in its ability to fund for school size, program differences, and unique community characteristics.

Seder served as education policy fellow with the California Secretary of Education where he worked on issues of other post-employment benefits (i.e., unfunded liabilities of retiree pension and health benefits) and translated the landmark Getting Down to Facts research and briefed the executive branch on interpretation and implications. He then worked with Christopher Cross and stakeholders across California to translate the school finance, accountability, and governance research into actionable policies. He also worked as part of a team to develop the initial comparative methodologies for the Standard & Poor’s School Evaluation Services.

Dr. Seder received his doctorate in education policy and organization from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California where he concentrated in school finance, a masters of science in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelors of arts from Beloit College with a double major in government and economics and management.

Adriane Williams
Specialty Areas: Implementation, School-Level Data Use, Parent Engagement

Dr. Adriane Williams curriculum vita

adriane-williamsDr. Adriane Williams works toward equity and is currently intrigued by collective impact. She is deeply engaged in collective impact work in Memphis, TN through Strive Mid-South, a member of the Strive Together network. She enjoys using her professional and personal life experiences to engage in and facilitate the kinds of difficult conversations necessary in the pursuit of equity.

Most recently Williams was an assistant professor of education policy at West Virginia University (2008-2012). Prior to entering academia, she provided research and intervention support to large urban school systems across the nation with the Council of the Great City Schools.

Williams uses qualitative research methods to examine organizational dynamics around working with poor and working class families. She focuses on challenges to policy implementation, program effectiveness, and schooling outcomes that can stem from school and family conflicts. She has worked with teams to advise large urban school systems (e.g., Buffalo, NY; Wilmington, DE; and Kansas City, MO) on systemic reform. And she has worked with research and assessment directors in over 50 of the nation’s largest school systems in translating the rapidly increasing amounts of data into recommendations for change in school level practices.

Williams received a B.A. in Economics and French from Wellesley College; an M.Ed. in Secondary Education with concentrations in English as a second language and French from George Washington University; and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received both a Wisconsin Advanced Opportunity Doctoral Fellowship and a Wisconsin-Spencer Doctoral Research Program Fellowship.