Lecture Series

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."

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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."  

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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"?

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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 "

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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." 

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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.”

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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”

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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"

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April 12, 2019: Patricia Moore Shaffer

Deputy Director, Research and Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts

Lecture Title: "Building a Culture of Evidence in Federal Government: An Insider's View"

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