Edited Books and Special Issues  

Cynthia Gerstl-Pepin and V. Darleen Opfer (Eds.), (2007). The Media and Education. Special Issue of Peabody Journal of Education, 81,(1 – 2). 

V. Darleen Opfer and Kenneth Wong (Eds.), (2002). The Politics of Elections and Education: The Politics of Education Association Yearbook, 2002.   New York: Corwin Press. 

V. Darleen Opfer and Kenneth Wong (Eds.), (2002).The Politics of Elections and Education. Special Issue of Educational Policy, 16(1).

 

Refereed Publications

V. Darleen Opfer, (2013). Motivation and Teacher Career Trajectories: A Commentary on the Research Evidence. In Paul Richardson and Helen Watt (Eds.) Teacher Motivation: Theory and Practice. London: Routledge. (In Press)

David Pedder and V. Darleen Opfer, (2012). Professional Learning Orientations: Patterns of Dissonance and Alignment between Teachers’ Values and Practices. Research Papers in Education, 1 – 32.

V. Darleen Opfer, (2011). Defining and Identifying Hard-to-Staff Schools: The Role of Attrition. Educational Administration Quarterly, 47(4), 582 – 619.

V. Darleen Opfer and David Pedder, (2011). Conceptualizing Teacher Professional Learning. Review of Educational Research, 81(3), 376 – 407.

V. Darleen Opfer, David Pedder and Zsolt Lavicza, (2011). The Influence of School Orientation to Learning on Teachers’ Professional Learning Change. School Effectiveness and School Improvement, 22(2), 193 – 214.

V. Darleen Opfer, David Pedder and Zsolt Lavicza. (2011). The Role of Teachers’ Orientation to Learning in Professional Development and Change: A National Study of Teachers in England. Teaching and Teacher Education, 27(2), 443 – 453.

V. Darleen Opfer and David Pedder, (2011). The Lost Promise of Teacher Professional Development in England. European Journal of Teacher Education, 34 (1), 3 - 24.  

V. Darleen Opfer and David Pedder, (2010).  Benefits, Status and Effectiveness of Continuous Professional Development for Teachers in England. Special Issue of The Curriculum Journal, 21(4), 413 – 431.

V. Darleen Opfer and David Pedder, (2010). Access to Continuous Professional Development by Teachers in England. Special Issue of The Curriculum Journal, 21(4), 453 – 471. 

David Pedder and V. Darleen Opfer, (2010). Organisation and Support for Continuous Professional Development by Schools in England. Special Issue of The Curriculum Journal, 21(4), 433 – 452. 

David Pedder, V. Darleen Opfer, Robert McCormick, and Anne Storey, (2010). Schools and Continuing Professional Development in England State of the Nation Research Study: Policy Context, Aims and Design. Special Issue of The Curriculum Journal, 21(4), 365 – 394.

Dominic Wyse and V. Darleen Opfer, (2010). Globalisation and the international context for literacy policy reform in England. In D. Wyse, R. Andrews & J. Hoffman (Eds.), The International Handbook of English, Language and Literacy Teaching. London: Routledge, pp. 438 – 447.

V. Darleen Opfer (2009). Getting 'Critically Real' About the State of Education Politics and Policy Process Research. In Barbara Schneider, Gary Sykes, and David Plank (Eds.) The AERA Handbook on Educational Policy Research. Washington, DC: American Educational Research Association.

V. Darleen Opfer, Gary T. Henry, and Andrew J. Mashburn (2008). The District Effect: Systemic Responses to High Stakes Accountability. Journal of American Education, 114 (2), 299 - 332.

V. Darleen Opfer, Tamara Young  and Lance Fusarelli (2007). Politics of Interest: Interest Groups and Advocacy Coalitions in American Education. In Bruce Cooper, Lance Fusarelli, and James Cibulka (Eds.) Understanding the Politics of Education: A Handbook of Theory, Application and Research. New Jersey: Lawrence Earlbaum and American Educational Research Association.


V. Darleen Opfer (2007). A Research Agenda on the Media and Education. Peabody Journal of Education, 81 (1-2). 166-177.


V. Darleen Opfer (2006). Evaluating Equity: A Framework for Understanding Action and Inaction on Social Justice Issues. Educational Policy, 20 (1), 271-290.


V. Darleen Opfer (2005). Personalism of Interest Groups and the Resulting Policy Nonsense: The Cobb County School Board’s Evolution Debate.  In George J. Petersen and Lance D. Fusarelli (Eds.) The District Superintendent and School Board Relationship: Trends in Policy Development and Implementation. Westport, CT: Information Age Publisher, 61-91.


V. Darleen Opfer (2002). The Politics of Elections and Education: A Question of Influence. Educational Policy 16 (1), 5-14.


 V. Darleen Opfer (2001). Charter Schools and the Panoptic Effect of Accountability. Education & Urban Society, 33(2), 201-215.

 

V. Darleen Opfer (2001). Beyond Self-Interest: Education Interest Groups in the U.S. Congress.  Educational Policy, 15(1), 135 – 152. Simultaneously published in Hanne B. Mawhinney and Catherine A. Lugg (Eds.)  Interest Groups in United States Education: The Politics of Education Association Yearbook, 2001. New York: Corwin Press.

 
 V. Darleen Opfer & Vicki Denmark, (2001). Sorting Out a Sense of Place: Principal and School Board Relationships in the Midst of Decentralization Rhetoric. Peabody Journal of Education, 76 (2), 102-118. 

V. Darleen Opfer , (2000). The Religious Right as Paranoid Extremists: A Case of Mistaken Identity? In Susan Talburt & Shirley R. Steinberg (Eds.) Thinking Queer: Sexuality, Culture, and Education. New York: Peter Lang Publishers, 85-103.

 Benjamin Baez & V. Darleen Opfer, (2000). Ideology and Educational Policymaking: An Analysis of the Religious Right. Educational Policy, 14(4), 582-599.

Abra Feuerstein & V. Darleen Opfer, (1998). School Board Chairmen and School Superintendents: An Analysis of Perceptions Concerning Special Interest Groups and Educational Governance. The Journal of School Leadership, 8(4) 373-398.

 

Non-Refereed Publications


V. Darleen Opfer, (2013). Grading Teachers, Handshake Issue #8: Education & PPPs, International Finance Corporation: World Bank, 82.

V. Darleen Opfer and David Pedder, (2013). Teacher Change and Changing Teachers via Professional Development. In Colleen McLaughlin (Ed.) Teacher Learning: Professional Development and Education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 93 – 118. (In Press)

David Pedder and V. Darleen Opfer, (2013). Values Practice Dissonance in Teachers’ Professional Learning. In Colleen McLaughlin (Ed.) Teacher Learning: Professional Development and Education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 119 – 140. (In Press)

Anna Rosefsky Saavedra and V. Darleen Opfer, (2012). Learning 21st Century Skills Requires 21st Century Teaching. Kappan, October, 8 – 13.

V. Darleen Opfer, (2012). Consider the Evidence. Chicago Tribune, September 11. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-11/news/ct-oped-0910-evidence-20120911_1_achievement-new-evaluation-system-student.

V. Darleen Opfer (2008, December). Making sense of the ‘spin’: Jeffrey Henig’s Spin Cycle and its contribution to the media effects literature. Teachers College Record (online: www.tcrecord.org).


Major Published Reports

2012                      Anna Rosefsky Saavedra and V. Darleen Opfer. Teaching and Learning 21st Century Skills: Lessons from the Learning Sciences, Asia Society and RAND Corporation, 35 pages.

2009                      John MacBeath, Peter Gronn and V. Darleen Opfer, Recruitment and Retention of Headteachers in Scotland, Scottish Government, Ediburgh, Scotland, 103 pages.

2008                      Dave Pedder, Anne Storey, V. Darleen Opfer, and Robert McCormick, Schools and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in England – State of the Nation Research Project (T34718): Synthesis Report. Training and Development Agency for Schools, London, England, 86 pages.

 2007                      David Frost, V. Darleen Opfer, and Ozgur Bolat, Contributing to National Reform in Turkey through Project-Based Learning: The OPYEP Project. Turkish Ministry of Education, Turkish Education Foundation and Vodafone Foundation, Ankara and Instanbul, Turkey, 22 pages.

2005                      William Driscoll, Howard Fleeter and Darleen Opfer, Key Findings from the Ohio Distribution of Teacher Characteristics Study, Stage 1: 2004 District Level Analysis. Washington, DC: The Education Trust, 32 pgs.

2005                      V. Darleen Opfer and Jennifer Olejownik, Teacher Worforce Vacancies in Ohio, 2005.Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, Ohio, 112 pgs.

2005                      V. Darleen Opfer and Jennifer Olejownik, Conditions of Teaching in Ohio: 2005. Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, Ohio, 113 pgs.

2005                      V. Darleen Opfer, Jennifer Olejownik, and Joann Ellis, Conditions of Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Ohio. Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, Ohio, 64 pgs.

2004                      V. Darleen Opfer and Jennifer Olejownik, Conditions of Teaching in Ohio: 2004. Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, Ohio, 118 pgs. 

2004                      V. Darleen Opfer, Jennifer Olejownik, and Joann Ellis, Conditions of Teacher Recruitment and Retention in Ohio. Ohio Department of Education, Columbus, Ohio, 59 pgs. 

2003                      V. Darleen Opfer, Recommendations for Policy Research on Integrated Education in Northern Ireland. Committee for the Joint Research Strategy for Integrated Schools, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 21 pgs. 

2003                      V. Darleen Opfer, Malina Monaco, and Brandee Krug, An Evaluation of Georgia’s Charter Schools. Georgia Department of Education, Atlanta, Georgia, 84 pgs. 

2002                      V. Darleen Opfer, Evaluating the Implementation of Georgia’s Teacher Quality Plan.United States Congress, Joint Committee on Title II Reauthorization (Teacher Quality Legislation), Regional Hearings, Atlanta, Georgia, 48 pgs. 

2002                      V. Darleen Opfer, A Strategy for Research on Integrated Schools in Northern Ireland. Committee for the Joint Research Strategy for Integrated Schools, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 18 pgs. 

2002                      V. Darleen Opfer, Cristina Stephens, Brandee Krug, Joy Mordica, and Marguerite Bryan, Teacher Quality in Georgia: Evaluating Title II. Annual Report for 2002, Georgia Board of Regents, Atlanta, Georgia, 110 pgs. 

2001                      V. Darleen Opfer, Issues for Developing a Comprehensive Research Strategy for the Integrated Schools in North Ireland. Committee for the Joint Research Strategy for Integrated Schools, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 24 pgs. 

2001                      V. Darleen Opfer, Cristina Stephens, Brandee Krug, Joy Mordica, and Marguerite Bryan, Teacher Quality in Georgia: Evaluating Title II. Annual Report for 2001, Georgia Board of Regents, Atlanta, Georgia, 94 pgs.


Other Research Reports

2006                      Gary Sykes, V. Darleen Opfer, Linda Skrla, and Charles Thompson, A Study of structionally Effective School Districts: Interim Report to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. San Jose, California: William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, 67 pgs.

2003                      Gary T. Henry and V. Darleen Opfer, Responses to High Stakes Accountability in the South. Chicago, IL: The Spencer Foundation, 108 pgs.

2002                      V. Darleen Opfer, Cristina Stephens, and Marguerite Bryan, A Report of the Evaluation of the Advanced Academies for Future Teachers Program. Evaluations of Programs Funded by United States, Title II Legislation, for Teacher Quality Improvement: Georgia Board of Regents, Atlanta, Georgia, 36 pgs.

2002                      V. Darleen Opfer, Cristina Stephens, and Brandee Krug, A Report of the Evaluation of the Schools Mentoring Schools Program. Evaluations of Programs Funded by United States, Title II Legislation, for Teacher Quality Improvement: Georgia Board of Regents, Atlanta, Georgia, 40 pgs.

2001                      V. Darleen Opfer, Joy Mordica, and Marguerite Bryan, A Report of the Evaluation of the Business to Teaching Program. Evaluations of Programs Funded by United States, Title II Legislation, for Teacher Quality Improvement: Georgia Board of Regents, Atlanta, Georgia, 27 pgs.

2001                      V. Darleen Opfer, Joy Mordica, and Marguerite Bryan, A Report of the Evaluation of the Partner Schools Program. Evaluations of Programs Funded by United States, Title II Legislation, for Teacher Quality Improvement: Georgia Board of Regents, Atlanta, Georgia, 48 pgs. 

2001                      V. Darleen Opfer, Joy Mordica, and Marguerite Bryan, A Report of the Evaluation of the School Leadership Program Initiative. Evaluations of Programs Funded by United States, Title II Legislation, for Teacher Quality Improvement: Georgia Board of Regents, Atlanta, Georgia, 43 pgs. 

1999                      V. Darleen Opfer, Margaret H. H. Brackett, and Gary T. Henry, The Georgia Prekindergarten Program and Its Impact on Kindergarten Through Third Grade Teaching Practices. Atlanta, GA: Council for School Performance, 42 pgs.  

1998                      V. Darleen Opfer, Public School and Local Government Collaboration, 1997: A Compendium of Existing Programs. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 116 pgs. 

 

 Policy Issue Briefs

Dwan Robinson and V. Darleen Opfer (August 2005). Beyond the Numbers, Volume 3: The Retention and Experience of Teachers in Ohio’s Charter Schools. Columbus, OH: The Ohio Collaborative: Research and Policy for Schools, Children, and Families.


Jennifer Olejownik and V. Darleen Opfer (August 2004). Beyond the Numbers, Volume 2: The Impact of Levy Failure on Teachers and Instruction. Columbus, OH: The Ohio Collaborative.

 

V. Darleen Opfer (December, 2003). Beyond the Numbers, Volume 1: Teacher Production versus Demand in Ohio. Columbus, OH: The Ohio Collaborative and the Ohio Department of Education.