The goal of this conference is to contribute to building a community focused on education policy research that brings together researchers from different departments and schools who are studying education policy from a variety of perspectives. We hope that this conference will stimulate new discussions and collaborations, which will ultimately foster even more high quality education policy research at UM. The conference will take place on Monday, April 28th from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in the Tribute Room in the the School of Education. The theme of this first conference 'Following Policy Inside the Black Box: Research on Instruction.' In subsequent years, we plan to focus on other aspects of education policy research.