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Preschool for all: A strong start for Washington State's children

Nov 30, 2021, 1:00-1:50 pm EST
1220 Weill Hall (and virtual)
Join our talk with Chris Weiland and Tim Burgess, co-authors of a recent policy report addressing the failure to provide high-quality universal preschool for all three- and four-year-old children in Washington.
EPI Speaker Series

AEFP 2018 Research Conference

Mar 15-17, 2018, 8:30 am-1:30 pm EDT
Hilton Portland & Executive Towers, Portland Oregon
AEFP Conference 2018
Ford School
EPI Speaker Series

Restructuring student loans: Lessons from abroad

Jun 13, 2016, 1:00-5:00 pm EDT
Washington, DC
Education Policy Initiative is pleased to host a free and public conference in Washington, DC on student debt policies with international and US-based student loan experts.
Ford School
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What works in early childhood education: A discussion with four scholars

Mar 22, 2016, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
School of Education, Prechter Lab #2202
The Education Policy Initiative and School of Education welcomes four key scholars to discuss what works - and doesn’t - in early childhood education.  Panelists include Daphna Bassok, education policy professor at the University of Virginia; Howard Bloom, chief social scientist at MDRC; Christina Weiland, assistant professor of education at the University of Michigan; and Hirokazu Yoshikawa, professor of globalization and education at New York University. 
Ford School
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Is there a student debt crisis? A discussion with Rohit Chopra and Susan Dynarski

Jan 27, 2016, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
The Education Policy Initiative and the School of Education welcome Rohit Chopra, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, and Susan Dynarski, professor of education, public policy, and economics at the University of Michigan, to discuss the repercussions of the $1.3 trillion dollar student loan deficit on higher education and economic inequality.
Ford School
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The future of education in Detroit: As told by Detroit educators, activists, and chroniclers

Mar 11, 2015, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall, Annenberg Auditorium
An Education Policy Initiative and School of Education Speaker Series with panelists Chastity Pratt Dawsey, reporter for Bridge Magazine, Diana Preciado, instructional specialist at Detroit Public Schools, Lamont D. Satchel, Chief Innovation Officer at Detroit Public Schools, and Tawana Petty aka Honeycomb, Detroit mother/organizer/author/poet.
EPI Speaker Series

Future of education in Detroit: A panel discussion

Oct 23, 2014, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
School of Education, Prechter Lab Room #2202
Key education leaders will offer their perspective and analysis on the evolving education landscape in Detroit, including the establishment of the Education Achievement Authority in 2012, the surge of charter school enrollment, and the influence of nonprofits in the education sector. Panelists include Daniel Varner, Chief Executive Officer of Excellent Schools Detroit and a member of Michigan's State Board of Education, Tom Willis, Chief Executive Officer of Cornerstone Charter Schools in Detroit, and Veronica Conforme, Interim Chancellor of the Education Achievement Authority. Brian Jacob, co-director of the Education Policy Initiative, will moderate.
Ford School
EPI Speaker Series

Isaac McFarlin, Ford School of Public Policy

Aug 13, 2014, 11:30 am-1:00 pm EDT
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, 3rd Floor
About CIERS The objective of the Causal Inference in Education Research Seminar (CIERS) is to engage students and faculty from across the university in conversations around education research using various research methodologies. This seminar provides a space for doctoral students and faculty from the School of Education, Ford School of Public Policy, and the Departments of Economics, Sociology, Statistics, and Political Science to discuss current research and receive feedback on works-in-progress.
Ford School
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Family Business or Social Problem? The Cost of Unreported Domestic Violence: Examining Social and Judicial Interventions and In-School Peer Effects

Nov 20, 2013, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Weill Hall
Scott Carrell, Associate Professor of Economics at UCDavis Social interest in problems such as domestic violence is typically motivated by concerns regarding equity, rather than efficiency. However, we document that taking steps to reduce domestic violence by reporting it yields substantial benefits to external parties. Specifically, we find that while children exposed to as-yet-unreported domestic violence reduce the achievement of their classroom peers, these costs disappear completely once the parent reports the violence to the court.
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The post-Katrina New Orleans school reforms: Implications for national school reform & the role of government

Oct 9, 2013, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall
About the speaker Douglas N. Harris is an Associate Professor of Economics and University Endowed Chair in Public Education at Tulane University in New Orleans. About the topic: One of the worst natural disasters in the nation's history, Hurricane Katrina spawned a flurry of public policy reforms. The public school system, in particular, became one of the most radical experiments in more than a century.
Ford School
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Information and college attendance: Evidence from a randomized trial

Apr 17, 2013, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall
Free and open to the public. About the Presentation: Improving students' access to information about college attendance and affordability is a simple, inexpensive intervention which has received much attention in policy circles. The hope is that providing accurate information to potential college students may dramatically improve their ability to calibrate the costs and benefits of college. Many have argued that providing information early in their high school years might build more expectations about college attendance.
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Federal student aid and college pricing: Do Pell Grants supplement or supplant institutional grant aid?

Apr 3, 2013, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall
Free and open to the public. From the speaker's abstract: The federal Pell Grant Program provides billions of dollars in subsidies to low-income college students to increase affordability and access to higher education. In her recent research, Lesley Turner tests whether colleges respond to the Pell Grant program by altering institutional aid provided to Pell Grant recipients. Turner's findings show that, overall, 16 percent of all Pell Grant aid is passed-through to schools in the form of higher effective prices.
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Using evidence to guide education policy and practice

Mar 25, 2013, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall
Free and open to the public. About the lecture: The presentation will address four topics: (1) why it is important to step up our use of evidence if we are to improve education outcomes; (2) strategies for engaging stakeholders in using and generating credible evidence; (3) the importance of adopting common standards for design and evidence standards; and (4) a proposal for a common evidence platform. About the speaker: Rebecca Maynard is a leading expert in program evaluation, including the design and conduct
Ford School
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How do schools respond to differences in teacher effectiveness?

Dec 5, 2012, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Weill Hall
Teachers are the most important in-school contributors to student achievement, but there is widespread concern that the rigidities of the public school system make it unresponsive to teacher quality. In this lecture Dr. Chingos will discuss three studies of how schools respond to differences in teacher effectiveness (as measured by value-added to student achievement), all of which are based on administrative data from the state of Florida. Mathew Chingos, Fellow, Brookings Institution Matthew M.
Ford School
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College going in Michigan: A first Look at impacts of the Michigan Merit Curriculum

Oct 22, 2012, 8:00 am-4:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall
The Michigan Consortium for Educational Research (MCER) will present early impact analyses for the first graduating cohort to experience the Michigan Merit Curriculum (MMC). This first-look at results will address what has happened to student achievement, graduation and dropout rates, and college enrollment and persistence as a result of MMC implementation. In addition, representatives from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) will discuss Michigan's efforts to adopt new College and Career Ready standards.
Ford School
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Income inequality and educational outcomes

Sep 26, 2012, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Weill Hall
Sean F. Reardon, Professor of Education, Stanford University Income inequality among the families of school-age children in the US has grown sharply in the last 40 years. In this talk Dr. Reardon will describe his research findings from three studies that examine the relationship of income and income inequality to educational outcomes. The first focuses on trends in the 'income achievement gap' (the test score gap between children from high- and low-income families) over the last 50 years, using data from 13 nationally representative studies conducted between 1959-2009.
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Will U.S. Schools Drag Us Down?

Mar 10, 2010, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Weill Hall
ABSTRACT: Politicians tend to underestimate and to undervalue societal benefits that come far in the future, and this is particularly problematic with schools. Even though the economic benefits of improving growth through better schools far exceed the benefits from short run macro policies, the latter receives much more attention. In this talk, the returns to improved schools are described, and these returns are related to a variety of possible school reform policies. Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.
Ford School
EPI Speaker Series

The Past and Future of Education Research

Mar 9, 2009, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Abstract As a new administration takes the reins of the federal education research enterprise, the former director of federal education research, evaluation, and statistics will reflect on his experience in leading a research agency within the Bush administration that maintained its independence and integrity, and will offer his thoughts on what must be done to strengthen education research further so as to provide practitioners and policymakers with the knowledge to improve education outcomes substantially.
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Improving Impacts of Classrooms: Professional Development and Classroom Observation

Nov 19, 2008, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Dr. Pianta is Dean of the Curry School of Education, as well as the Novartis Professor of Education and Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, University of Virginia. A former special education teacher, Dr. Pianta's research focuses on investigating the effects of schooling on children's social and academic outcomes and on improving school and classroom experiences through teachers' professional development. He has been involved in developing observational assessments of classrooms and observationally-based systems for professional development. Dr.
Ford School
EPI Speaker Series

Learning to Teach? Teacher Preparation and Student Achievement

Apr 2, 2008, 4:00-5:30 pm EDT
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
Abstract: Teacher Preparation and Student Achievement: This research project describes the recent changes in the routes into teaching in New York City. It assesses the effects of these changes on the distribution of teachers across schools and the academic achievement of students. It then looks more closely at the preparation of teachers in the district and estimates the effects of characteristics of this preparation on teachers' value-added to student achievement in their first two years of teaching.
Ford School