The mission of Independence Performing Arts is to provide an inclusive, positive environment to develop life skills, self esteem, and structure through involvement in performing arts programs. Participation facilitates the development of teamwork, respect, sportsmanship, musical and performance abilities.
Dr. Elizabeth Barkowski, Ph.D., Member at Large
Elizabeth A. Barkowski, Ph.D., is a senior researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR) with more than 10 years of experience in education program evaluation, research, and technical assistance, with a particular focus on educator effectiveness and human capital management. As project director on a number of projects, she manages relationships with clients, subcontractors, and stakeholders and manages project budgets, timelines, staffing, and deliverables. Her technical work includes the design of data collection protocols and analysis plans, and the collection and analysis of survey, interview, focus group, personnel, and student assessment data. She also contributes to a number of organizational initiatives at AIR, including project management and business development. Previously, Dr. Barkowski worked as a Researcher for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and as a Program Coordinator and Research Associate at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Barkowski earned a master’s degree in public affairs and a doctorate in education policy and planning from the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and anthropology from Indiana University Bloomington. She was a member of the Tarheel Sun Drum and Bugle Corps’ color guard in the summers of 1997, 1998, and 1999.
Elizabeth lives in Austin, TX with her boyfriend Nick and their pup Chad Barkelgard.