December 2008

2008-2009 Colloquium Series Continues with Kati Haycock on January 15th, 2009

Kati Haycock is one of the leading child advocates in the field of education. She currently serves as President of The Education Trust. Established in’90, the Trust does what no other Washington-based education organization seeks to do: speaks up for what’s right for young people, especially those who are poor or members of minority groups. Her presentation is entitled "Improving Achievement and Closing Gaps Between Groups: Lessons from Schools and Districts on the Performance Frontier". For an abstract of the presentation along with a bio for Kati Haycock, click here.

This event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. To RSVP, click here.

November 2008

2008-2009 Colloquium Series Continues with Dr. Jane Hannaway on December 3, 2008

Jane Hannaway is Director of the Education Policy Center at the Urban Institute & Director of CALDER (Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research). Her presentation is entitled "Unbounding Rationality: Education Policy and Practice in a Data Rich Environment". For an abstract of the presentation along with a bio for Jane Hannaway, click here.

September 2008

Grants Awarded to Learning Policy Center and Learning Sciences and Policy Program Faculty!

Congratulations to LPC faculty Richard Correnti and Lindsay Clare Matsumura, who - along with LSAP faculty and RAND colleague Laura Hamilton - recently received a three-year grant from the Spencer Foundation and William T. Grant Foundation to investigate the measurement of teacher instruction and the impact of instruction on student learning! Their work will specifically focus upon how measures of instruction relate to student achievement and to the distribution of learning opportunities among students. For more information, click here.

Congratulations as well to LSAP faculty Christian Schunn, who is participating in the 21st Century Center for Cognition and Science Instruction (CaSE), a five-year, $10 Million Institute of Education Sciences center grant to improve middle school science education! Dr. Schunn is a lead PI for the University of Pittsburgh subcontract for the center grant. For more information, click here.

2008-2009 Colloquium Series Begins with Dr. Lauren Resnick

The Learning Policy Center is pleased to announce Dr. Lauren Resnick as the first speaker in our 2008-2009 Colloquium Series, "Excellence and Equity in an Era of Accountability." Dr. Resnick’s presentation - "Standards-Based Reform: A Powerful Idea Unmoored" - will address the twin goals of excellence and equity within education, how those goals developed and became entwined with the standards movement and NCLB, whether the goals were accomplished, and at what cost. For more information click here.

Dr. Resnick is an internationally known scholar in the cognitive science of learning and instruction. She is a University of Pittsburgh Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, and she directed the University of Pittsburgh’s Learning Research and Development Center from 1977-2008. In addition, Dr. Resnick is the founder and director of the University’s Institute for Learning. For a full bio click here.

Other speakers for the 2008-2009 Colloquium Series will include President of Education Trust, Kati Haycock (January 15, 2009) and President of Achieve, Inc., Michael Cohen (February 12, 2009). Additional speakers to be announcement shortly!

August 2008

New Executive Director: Julia Kaufman

The Learning Policy Center is pleased to announce the hire of our new Executive Director, Julia Kaufman, who will replace Sarah Coon. Sarah recently took a position with the charter school management organization Achievement First as part of the Broad Residency in Urban Education. Sarah will be greatly missed for her contribution to the work of the Learning Policy Center, but we also look forward to the skills and talents Julia brings as our new Executive Director. To read Julia’s bio click here.