Education and Child Development
985450 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-5450
Ms. Zweiback is an Associate Director of the Department of Education and Child Development and the Interdisciplinary Center of Program Evaluation (ICPE). For over ten years, she has served as the lead evaluator for multiple federal, state, and local programs that serve at-risk children and families. She has implemented small to large-scale (over 1,000 participant) program evaluations for numerous projects including mental health consultation in child care settings, early childhood, and school-aged interventions to improve educational outcomes, community-wide family support programs, home visitation programs, and a pediatric social work program. Ms. Zweiback is also the Nebraska trainer for the TPOT and TPITOS, early childhood classroom observational assessments that measures the social-emotional environment and supports based on the Pyramid Model. She has expertise with a variety of assessments that measure child, family, and teacher outcomes.
In over 30 years in education, Ms. Zweiback has had a diversity of experiences including teaching social studies (grades 7-12), college admissions officer, teacher volunteer in a co-op nursery school, and proud member of the Board of Education for the Westside Community Schools, serving for 12 years including two as Board President.
- Teaching Pyramid Observation Tool (TPOT)
- Teaching Pyramid Infant Toddler Observation Scale (TPITOS)
- Keys to Interactive Parent-Child Interactions Scale (KIPS)
- Minnesota Executive Function Scale (MEFS)
- Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT)
- Bracken School Readiness Assessment
- MA, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, Education, 1991
- BA, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, Political Science, magna cum laude, 1986
Research Interests and Projects
- Early childhood mental health consultation
- Parent-child interactions
- The Pyramid Model – evidence-based interventions to support young children’s social-emotional development
- Closing the achievement gap through system level change, birth to grade 3
- Zweiback, R. & Buchholz, N. (2015). Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale (KIPS) Clarifications Manual. Developed a manual to accompany this national tool that has been used internally at MMI, UNMC. The KIPS tool authors include the Clarification Manual in their training materials and share it with KIPS users across the country.
- Clair, L., Jackson, B. & Zweiback, R. (2012). Six years later: Follow up to the effect of family involvement training on the language skills of young elementary children from migrant families. The School Community Journal, 22(1), 9-19.
- Numerous Annual Program Evaluation Reports for state-wide projects including early-childhood mental health, birth to 3 family supports, birth to grade 3 school-based interventions, and community-based early childhood initiatives.
- Zweiback, R., Brehm, L., & Lee, J. (2018). The Power of Pyramid: Three years of impact on home and center based child care. NTI 2018: National Training Institute on Effective Practices: Addressing Challenging Behavior, St. Petersburg, Florida.
- Zweiback, R., Jackson, B., & Miller, K., &. (2016-2018). Using data to improve practices. Annual Sixpence conference, Kearney, Nebraska.
- Zweiback, R. & Jackson, B. (2015). Kidsquad: A mental health consultation project in community child care. Poster presentation at Society of Research for Child Development. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Evergreen Academy for Data Visualization
- International Congress for Infant Studies
Munroe-Meyer Guild Grant recipient, with colleague Nicole Buccholz, to write the KIPS Manual (2015)