EDRE Lecture Series

The University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform is pleased to announce these events as part of our 2023-2024 Lecture Series. All lectures will be held on Fridays from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. in GRAD 343, unless otherwise noted.

A complementary lunch will be catered by Panera Bread. Please note that once you have placed a lunch order, that meal will be reordered for you at each subsequent lecture. If you wish to change your order or won't be able to attend, reach out to Taylor Wilson. Please make sure to RSVP by submitting a lunch order before 1 p.m. on the Wednesday before the scheduled lecture.

While speakers listed are confirmed, details on their presentations may be delayed; please check back. Direct questions to Miranda Vernon.

Fall 2023 Lecture Series

Sept. 29: Li Feng

Professor of Economics, Department of Finance and Economics, Texas State University

Lecture Title: "The Impact of STEM Teacher Scholarship on Local Teacher Shortage and Student Outcomes."

Suggested Readings:

Oct. 6: Patricia Morita-Mullaney

Associate Professor of Literacy and Language, Purdue University

Lecture Title: "Learning from Lau v. Nichols (1974) and Brown (1954, 1955): Intersecting Language Rights and Racial Integration for Equitable Schooling."

Suggested Readings:

  • Thompson, K. (2013). Is Separate Always Unequal? A Philosophical Examination of Ideas of Equality in Key Cases Regarding Racial and Linguistic Minorities in Education. American Educational Research Journal, 50(6), 1249-1278. https://doi.org/10.3102/0002831213502519

Oct. 27: Sarah Cohodes

Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of Michigan

Lecture Title: "Do Test Scores Predict College Enrollment? Evidence from Massachusetts Charter Schools."

Suggested Readings:

Dec. 1: David Knight

Associate Professor, College of Education, University of Washington

Lecture Title: "Economics of Education and School Finance: Leveraging Research and Data to Promote Educational Equity."

Suggested Readings:

  • Knight, D. S., Hassairi, N., Candelaria, C., Sun, M., & Plecki, M., (2022). Prioritizing School Finance Equity During an Economic Downturn: Recommendations for State Policymakers. Education Finance and Policy, 17(1), 188-199. DOI: 10.1162/edfp.a.00356.

Dec. 8: Ian Rowe

Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Lecture Title: "Agency versus Equity — What Path Forward for American Education?"

Suggested Readings:

Spring 2024 Lecture Series

Feb. 2: Paul Bruno

Assistant Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Lecture Title: "Who Teaches High School Computer Science and Does It Matter?"

Suggested Readings: TBA

Mar. 29: Samantha Viano

Assistant Professor of Education, College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University

Lecture Title: TBA

Suggested Readings: TBA

Apr. 5: Amy Richards

Affiliate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Eastern University

Lecture Title: "Strange Vocations: On Disability and Classical Education"

Suggested Readings: TBA

May 3: Beth Tarasawa

Executive Vice President of Research, Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)

Lecture Title: "Progress Toward Academic Recovery: National COVID Research and Local Insights."

Suggested Readings:


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