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 noon - 1:30 p.m. in GRAD 343, unless otherwise noted below.

The program includes a complementary lunch catered by Stone Mill Bread. Please arrive a few minutes minutes early to select a sandwich and side before the lecture begins.

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."

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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: "Beyond the Test: Understanding Heterogeneity in Charter School Impacts."

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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?"

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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?"

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Mar. 8: Jennifer Ash and Elise Swanson

Center for Education Policy Research, Harvard University

Lecture Title: "Developing and Managing Research Projects: Perspectives from the Field"

Mar. 29: Samantha Viano

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

Lecture Title: "State-Level High School Graduation Requirements: How and Why They Have Changed and Resulting Effects on Graduation Rates"

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Apr. 5: Amy Richards

Affiliate Professor and Chair of Philosophy, Eastern University

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

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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."

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