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Christopher Gareis


Office: 3125
Phone: (757) 221 - 2319
Email: [[crgare]]
Areas of Expertise: Curriculum Development, Instructional Leadership, Classroom Assessment, Performance-Based Assessment, Program Evaluation, Teacher Mentoring


Dr. Gareis teaches courses in curriculum development, instructional leadership, teacher mentoring, classroom assessment and program evaluation. He began his career as a high school English teacher and varsity soccer coach. He also taught middle school English, science and mathematics and subsequently led two different middle schools as an assistant principal and then as principal. Additionally, Dr. Gareis served as an assistant to the superintendent, with responsibilities in strategic planning and facilities design. In 2001, he joined William & Mary as an associate dean, in which role he directed the teacher preparation program and developed a network of partnership schools and clinical faculty in support of teacher preparation and school counselor education. As a faculty member at William & Mary, Dr. Gareis has worked with schools, school districts and state departments of education in the areas of classroom assessment, instructional leadership, curriculum development, teacher evaluation, teacher compensation, strategic planning and teacher mentoring.

Dr. Gareis frequently presents in local, state, national and international venues, and he is the author of numerous professional publications and the co-author of four books: Assessing Deeper Learning: Developing, Implementing, and Scoring Performance Tasks (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019); Teacher-Made Assessments: How to Connect Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Learning (Routledge, 2008; 2015); Teacher Pay and Teacher Quality (Corwin Press, 2006); and The Handbook on Teacher Portfolios (Eye on Education, 2001). He is past-president of CREATE (the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness), and he is the recipient of state and national awards for technology innovation (from the University Council for Educational Administration), research (from the Virginia Educational Research Association), and excellence in research-based professional development (from Division H of the American Educational Research Association).


Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, William & Mary, 1996
Ed.S. in Educational Administration, William & Mary, 1993
M.A.Ed. in English Education, William & Mary, 1992
B.A. in English and East Asian Studies, Washington & Lee University, 1988


Thomas A. Graves, Jr. Award for Sustained Excellence in Teaching. (2020). Awarded by the president of the university to recognize a faculty member for sustained excellence in teaching. William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

VERA Distinguished Paper Award. (2018). Hylton, S. P., Joseph, J. D., Gareis, C. R., & Ward, T. J. (2018, September). Enhancing clinical experience with a valid and reliable instrument. Awarded by the Virginia Educational Research Association (VERA), Charlottesville, VA.

VASCD Leadership Award. (2017). Awarded annually “to one Virginia educator for outstanding leadership in curriculum, instruction and/or assessment; nominees are those leaders whose understanding of and dedication to best instructional practice is reflected both in the nominee’s own work and in the work of those (s)he leads.” Virginia Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. Williamsburg, VA.

Award for Communicating Research, Accountability, Evaluation, and/or Assessment to Lay Audiences. (2013). Awarded to Gareis, C. R., and Grant, L. W., by Division H (Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) at the 2014 annual conference of the AERA. Philadelphia, PA.

School/University Partnership Project Award. (2013). Awarded to McEachron, G.A., Goos, V., Gareis, C. R., deFur, S. H., Kulick, K. M., Arries, J. F., Martin, J. E., Osborne, D. S., & Walker, D. S. for the William & Mary English as a Second Language Dual-endorsement program by the Association for Teacher Educators—Virginia, Sweet Briar, VA.

Charles Clear Research Award. (2009). Awarded for recognition of sustained contributions in educational research and evaluation in Virginia. Virginia Educational Research Association, Charlottesville, VA.

School Technology Leadership Research Award. (2007, November). Awarded to Gareis, C. R., & Nussbaum-Beach, S., by the UCEA Center for Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE) and the UCEA School Technology Leadership SIG during the annual UCEA conference, Alexandria, VA.

Dean's Award for Excellence in Collaborative Initiatives. (2005, April). School of Education, William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA.

Selected Publications

Wren, D., & Gareis, C. R. (2019). Assessing deeper learning: Developing, implementing, and scoring performance tasks. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Gareis, C. R., & Grant, L. W. (2015). Teacher-made assessments: How to connect curriculum, instruction, and student learning. (2nd edition). Oxford, United Kingdom: Routledge.

Gareis, C. R., & Grant, L. W. (2008). Teacher-made assessments: How to connect curriculum, instruction, and student learning. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education.

Stronge, J. H., Gareis, C. R., & Little, C. A. (2006). Teacher pay and teacher quality: Attracting, developing, and retaining the best teachers. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Tucker, P. D., Stronge, J. H., & Gareis, C. R. (2002). Handbook on teacher portfolios for evaluation and professional development. Larchmont, NY: Eye on Education.