The University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform is pleased to announce these events as part of our 2018-2019 Lecture Series. Unless otherwise indicated, all lectures will be held at noon Fridays in GRAD 343. Please make sure to RSVP before 1 p.m. on the Wednesday before the scheduled lecture. If you have any questions, please direct them to Molly Beck.
Fall 2018 Lecture Series
September 7, 2018: Ruth Lopez Turley
Professor, Department of Sociology, Rice University
Lecture Title: "Advancing Equity through Research-Practice Partnerships."
- Lopez Turley, Ruth N. Connecting Research and Policy to Reduce Inequality. The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.
- Lopez Turley, Ruth N. & Stevens, Carla. (2015) Lessons from a School District - University Research Partnership: The Houston Education Research Consortium. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Vol. 37, No. 1S, pp. 6S-15S.
September 21, 2018: Kieran Killeen and Thomas Downes
Dr. Killeen: Associate Professor, University of Vermont and Dr. Downes: Associate Professor, Tufts University and President-Elect of the Association for Education Finance and Policy.
Lecture Title: "Are Changes in Equity Deceptive? The Responsiveness of Supplementary Education Spending to Changes in Local Provision."
- Downes, Tom and Killeen, Kieran M. (2014) So Slow to Change: The Limited Growth of Nontax Revenues in Public Education Finance, 1991-2010. Association for Education Finance and Policy. Volume 9, Issue 4, pg. 567-599.
- Downes, Thomas (2007) Do Non-School Resources Substitute for School Resources? A Review of the Evidence. Getting Down to Facts. Working Paper.
November 2, 2018: Cara Jackson
Evaluation Specialist, Program Evaluation Group, Bellwether Education Partners
Lecture Title: "Evidence Use in Federal, Local, and Non-Profit Education Agencies"?
- Jackson, Cara & Maina, Nyambura (2018). Evaluation of the Higher Education Partnerships (HEPs) Program in MCPS. Montgomery County Public Schools Office of Shared Accountability. 37pgs.
- Jackson, Cara & Mackler, Kirsten. (2016) An Evidence-Based Approach to Teacher Preparation. Urban Teachers. urbanteachers.org. 28pgs.
- Rice, Jennifer, Malen, Betty, Jackson, Cara, & Mulvaney Hoyer, Kathleen (2015) Time to Pay Up: Analyzing the Motivational Potential of Financial Awards in a TIF Program. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Vol 37, No 1 pg. 29-49.
- No Child Left Behind Act: Education Should Clarify Guidance and Address Potential Compliance Issues for Schools in Corrective Action and Restructuring Status. (2007) United States Government Accountability Office.
November 16, 2018: Mark Berends
Professor of Sociology and Education, Institute for Educational Initiatives, University of Notre Dame
Lecture Title: "Indiana's Choice Scholarship Program: Pathways and Achievement "
- Austin, Megan, Waddington, Joseph R., & Berends, Mark (2018). Voucher Pathways and Student Achievement in Indiana's Choice Scholarship Program. Paper forthcoming in Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.
- Waddington, Joseph R. & Berends, Mark (2018). Impact of the Indiana Choice Scholarship Program: Achievement Effects for Students in Upper Elementary and Middle School. Association for Public Policy and Management.
November 30, 2018: Lindsay Page
Assistant Professor of Research Methodology, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh
Lecture Title: "More than Dollars for Scholars: The Impact of the Dell Scholars Program on College Access, Persistence and Degree Attainment"
Suggested Readings: TBA
Spring 2019 Lecture Series
January 18, 2019: Jal Mehta
Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Lecture Title: "The Elusive Quest for Ambitious Schooling: Inside the Effort to Remake the American High School."
- Mehta, Jal & Fine, Sarah (2015). The Why, What, Where, and How of Deeper Learning in American Secondary Schools. Deeper Learning and Research Series, Jobs for the Future.
- Mehta, Jal & Fine, Sarah (2015). Bringing values back in: How purposes shape practices in coherent school designs. Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.
January 25, 2019: Sarah Cordes
Assistant Professor, Policy, Organizational, & Leadership Studies, Temple University
Lecture Title: "Do Housing Vouchers Improve Academic Performance? Evidence from New York City."
Suggested Readings: TBA
March 8, 2019: Lara Perez-Felkner
Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Sociology, Florida State University
Lecture Title: “Ability Beliefs, Undergraduate Research, and Degree Attainment in Laboratory Sciences: Implications for Women and Racial/Ethnic Minority Students.”
- Perez-Felkner, Lara (2019) Conceptualizing the Field: Higher Education Research on the STEM Gender Gap. New Directions for Institutional Research, no 179.
- Saras, Emily, Perez-Felkner, Lara & Nix, Samantha (2019) Warming the Chill: Insights for Institutions and Researchers to Keep Women in STEM. New Directions for Institutional Research, no 179.
- Perez-Felkner, Lara, Thomas, Kirby, Nix, Samantha, Hopkins, Jordan & D'sa, Mitchell (2018) Are 2-Year Colleges the Key? Institutional Variation and the Gender Gap in Undergraduate STEM Degrees. The Journal of Higher Education.
- Nix, Samantha & Perez-Felkner, Lara (2018) Difficulty Orientations, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity: An Intersectional Analysis of Pathways to STEM Degrees. Social Sciences 2019, 8, 43.
March 29, 2019: Andrew McEachin
Policy Researcher, Economics, Statistics and Sociology Department, RAND Corporation
Lecture Title: “Understanding the Effects of Middle School Algebra: A Regression Discontinuity Approach”
Domina, Thurston, McEachin, Andrew, Penner, Andrew & Penner, Emily (2015) Aiming High and Falling Short: California's Eighth Grade Algebra-for-All Effort Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Vol. 37, No. 3, pg. 275-295.
- McEachin, Andrew, Domina, Thurston & Penner, Andrew (2017) Understanding the Effects of Middle School Algebra: A Regression Discontinuity Approach RAND Working Paper Series WR-1209.
April 5, 2019: Chad Aldeman
Principal, Policy and Thought Leadership team, Bellwether Education Partners
Lecture Title: "Social Security, Teacher Pensions, and the "Qualified" Retirement Plan Test"
- Kan, Leslie & Aldeman, Chad (2014) "Uncovered: Social Security, Retirement Uncertainty, and 1 Million Teachers" TeacherPensions.org.
- Quinby, Laura, Aubry, Jean-Pierre & Munnell, Alicia (2018) "Spillovers from State and Local Pensions to Social Security: Do Benefits for Uncovered Workers Meet Federal Standards?" Center for Retirement Research at Boston College.
Deputy Director, Research and Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts
Lecture Title: "Building a Culture of Evidence in Federal Government: An Insider's
- H.R. 4174 – Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017
- President’s Budget, Analytical Perspectives, Chapter 6: Building and Using Evidence to Improve Government Effectiveness
- National Endowment for the Arts (2018), 2018-2022 Strategic Plan
- National Endowment for the Arts (2018), Information Clearance Request for Poetry Out Loud Evaluation and Poetry Out Loud Evaluation Plan
- Martinez, A., et al (2014), Evaluation Study of Summer of Innovation Stand-Alone Program Model FY 2013: Outcomes Report