Lecture Series

The University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform is pleased to announce these events as part of our 2016-2017 Lecture Series. Unless otherwise indicated, all lectures will be held at 12:00 PM in GRAD 343. Please make sure to RSVP before 1:00 PM on the Wednesday before the scheduled lecture. If you have any questions, please direct them to Heidi Holmes.

Fall 2016 Lecture Series

September 23, 2016: Diane Schanzenbach

Associate Professor, Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy

Lecture Title: "School Finance Reform and the Distribution of Student Achievement"

Suggested Readings:

October 7, 2016: Johnny Key

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner

Lecture Title: "Arkansas Vision for Excellence in Education"

Suggested Readings: TBA

October 21, 2016: Matthew Steinberg

Assistant Professor of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education

Lecture Title: "Rolling Back Zero Tolerance: Evidence on the Scope and Impact of Discipline Policy Reform"

Suggested Readings: TBA

October 28, 2016: Jonathan Zimmerman

Professor of History of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education

Lecture Title: "The Birds, the Bees, and the World: Sex Education and the Dilemmas of Multiculturalism in the Age of Globalization"

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November 18, 2016: Mark Lipsey

Research Professor in the Department of Human & Organizational Development and Director of the Peabody Research Institute, Vanderbilt University, Peabody College of Education and Human Development

Lecture Title: "Are the Expectations for State-Funded Pre-K Realistic? The Tennessee Pre-K Study and Reflections about its Implications"

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December 2, 2016: Gary Painter

Professor and Director of Social Policy, University of Southern California, Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

Lecture Title: "Museums as Classrooms: The Academic and Behavioral Impacts of 'School in the Park'"

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Spring 2017 Lecture Series

January 27, 2017: Tim Sass

Distinguished University Professor, Department of Economics, Fiscal Research Center, Usery Workplace Research Group, Georgia State University

Lecture Title: "Teacher Shortages and What to Do About Them"

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February 3, 2017: David Campbell

Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy and Chair of the Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

Lecture Title: "Testing Civics: State-Level Civic Education Requirements and Political Knowledge"

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February 17, 2017: Dick Komer

Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice

Lecture Title: "The Constitutional Context of School Choice"

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February 24, 2017: Matt Kraft

Assistant Professor of Education and Economics, Brown University, The Population Studies and Training Center

Lecture Title: "Teacher Accountability Reforms and the Supply of New Teachers"

Suggested Readings: TBA

March 10, 2017: Christy Lleras

Associate Professor of Human and Community Development, University of Illinois

Lecture Title: "Unpacking Educational Inequality: Segregation, Mobility and Opportunity"

Suggested Readings: TBA

March 31, 2017: Gary Henry

Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Public Policy and Education, Vanderbilt University, Peabody College of Education and Human Development

Lecture Title: "Help Wanted: The Consequences of Teacher Turnover"

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April 5, 2017: Rick Hess

Resident Scholar and Director of Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute

Lecture Title: "Advice to Young Reformers."

Suggested Readings: TBA

April 7, 2017: Laura Crispin

Assistant Professor of Economics, St. Joseph's University

Lecture Title: "Can Sports Reduce Bullying? Estimating Causal Effects of Sports Participation and Physical Activity on Bullying in High School."

Suggested Readings: 

  • Eriksen, T.L.M., Nielsen, H.S., Simonsen, M., 2014. "Bullying in elementary school." Journal of Human Resources 49 (4), 839-871.
  • Ponzo, M. (2013). "Does bullying reduce educational achievement? An evaluation using matching estimators." Journal of Policy Modeling 35 (6), 1057-1078.

April 14, 2017: Paco Martorell

Assistant Professor in Education Policy, University of California, Davis, School of Education

Lecture Title: "The Impacts of Grade Retention: Evidence from New York City."

Suggested Readings: TBA

April 21, 2017: Pauline Dixon and Steve Humble

(Dixon) Professor of International Development and Education, Newcastle University, and (Humble) Lecturer in Education, Newcastle University

Lecture Title: "School Choice in sub Saharan Africa: Dispelling Myths."

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April 26, 2017: Michael Gottfried

Associate Professor of Education, University of California, Santa Barbara, The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

Lecture Title: "Chronic Absenteeism Disparities Between Children with and without Disabilities."

Suggested Readings: 

  • Fletcher, J. (2010). Spillover effects of inclusion of classmates with emotional problems on test scores in early elementary school. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 29(1), 69-83.
  • Gottfried, M.A., Egalite, A., & Kirksey, J. (2016). Does the Presence of a Classmate with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Link to Other Students' Absences in Kindergarten? Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 36, 506-520.
*Note: This lecture occurs on a Wednesday in GRAD 309. Please RSVP the previous Monday by 1pm.*


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