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Kelvin Roldán, Ed.L.D. is currently Deputy Commissioner for System Transformation within the Rhode Island Department of Education and will teach "Urban Education Policy: System and Governance" this summer, a foundational course for Brown's Urban Education Policy graduate students.
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MAT Capstone Spotlight: Kiana Harriel MAT'24

Kiana Harriel MAT'24 incorporated her passion for arts education into her social studies classroom at East Providence High School by utilizing Visual Thinking Strategies.
Budget constraints and limited supplies of local tutors have caused many K-12 school districts to pivot from
individual tutoring in-person toward small-group tutoring online to expand access to personalized
instruction. Professor Matthew Kraft and co-author Virginia Lovinson, Ph.D., conducted a field experiment to explore the effect of increasing student-tutor ratios on middle school students’ math achievement and growth during an online tutoring program.
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Capstone Spotlight: Alea Rubin Evens, MAT'24

Alea Rubin Evens, MAT'24 utilized the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning framework to help develop biology students at Central Falls High School develop scientific reasoning and writing skills.
The graduate students enrolled in Brown's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program, class of 2024, delivered their capstone projects in a roundtable format to faculty members, fellow students, mentors, and local educators.
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Student Spotlight: Leo Tamagawa Gordon, MAT'24

Leo Tamagawa Gordon is a Master of Arts in Teaching candidate and Education Studies A.B. alum from Berkeley, CA. In this spotlight, he shares his journey from being inspired by a high school teacher to pursuing a MAT in Secondary English, and discusses the program's impact on his approach to teaching and connecting with students.
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2024 Honors Theses Presentations

Three Education Studies concentrators were awarded Honors after completing a senior thesis and presenting their work to faculty, peers, family, and other members of the campus community in a conference-style event hosted by the Department of Education.
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Alum Spotlight: Cat Liao, MAT'21

Cat Liao graduated from Brown University's MAT program in 2021 and is currently a Schoolwide Substitute Teacher at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts in Providence, RI.
Teacher strikes are tactics that unions use to influence contract negotiations and high-profile actions that have the potential to signal the need for policy change. Professor Matthew Kraft (Brown University) and co-author Melissa Arnold Lyon (UAlbany) studied the political economy of strikes by collecting original data on U.S. teacher strikes from 2007-2018.
National Academy of Education (NAEd)

Evaluating and Improving Teacher Preparation Programs

A three-year study focused on the evaluation and improvement of teacher preparation programs aims to identify best practices among existing models of evaluation tools and provide recommendations for developing new models. Under the direction of an interdisciplinary steering committee that included Professor John Papay, the project outcomes will be made applicable and accessible to different stakeholders, including state and federal agencies, teacher preparation programs, practitioners, and researchers.
In examining the state of the U.S. K-12 teaching profession over the last half century, Matthew A. Kraft (Brown University) and Melissa Arnold Lyon (University at Albany) find that the current state of the teaching profession is at or near its lowest levels in 50 years. Kraft and Lyon identify and explore a range of hypotheses that might explain these historical patterns including economic and sociopolitical factors, education policies, and school environments.
Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis

Teacher Shortages: A Framework for Understanding and Predicting Vacancies

In this study, Professor Matthew Kraft and his co-authors develop a conceptual framework for understanding and predicting teacher shortages at the state, region, district, and school levels. Their findings illustrate why viewpoints about, and solutions to, shortages depend critically on whether one takes an aggregate or local perspective.
Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A: Statistics in Society

Nonparametric identification of causal effects in clustered observational studies with differential selection

In this paper, Professor Lindsay Page and her co-authors study the identification of causal effects in clustered observational studies (COS) designs. They focus on the prospect of differential selection of units to clusters, which occurs when the units’ cluster selections depend on the clusters’ treatment assignments, and outline the magnitude of the bias that can occur with differential selection.
Federal incentives and requirements under the Obama administration spurred states to adopt major reforms to their teacher evaluation systems. In this working paper, Professor Matthew Kraft and co-authors examine the effects of these reforms on student achievement and attainment at a national scale by exploiting their staggered implementation across states.
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Student Spotlight: Kiana Harriel, MAT'24

Kiana Harriel, a Rhode Island native, is a Master of Arts in Teaching student in Secondary Social Studies Education. She has a BA in Anthropology with a Minor in Education from Wheaton College in Massachusetts.
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Alum Spotlight: Sara Mickelson, UEP'12

Sara Mickelson graduated from Brown's Urban Education Policy master's program in 2012 and is the Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Early Childhood Education Department.
Annenberg Institute | Center on the Study of Educators

Staffing Schools in Providence: Tracking Key Metrics

In this brief, Brown scholars highlight data-driven opportunities that build on the Providence Public School District's existing teacher staffing strategies, particularly around recruitment practices, and have identified where targeted retention efforts could be most beneficial.
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Student Spotlight: Ramona Santos Torres, UEP'24

Ramona Santos Torres, a current Urban Education Policy master's student at Brown, is the Executive Director and one of the Co-founders of Parents Leading for Educational Equity (PLEE). PLEE is a parent-led, grassroots organization with a mission to fight for parent voice in education decision-making, and for access to a high-quality public school option for all children of color.
A new paper from Professor Lindsay Page, along with co-authors Danielle Lowry, Aizat Nurshatayeva, and Jennifer Iriti, contributes to the literature on college financial aid and aid displacement by investigating whether the aid packaging practices of postsecondary institutions are responsive to the generosity of the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship.
At a recent event hosted by the Boston Foundation, researchers from the Annenberg Institute at Brown University joined several educational leaders to explore the changing demographics and critical resources required to support immigrant newcomers to Massachusetts high schools.
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Alum Spotlight: Britt Ruiz '22, MAT'23

Britt Ruiz graduated from Brown's Master of Arts in Teaching program in 2023 and teaches U.S. History and AP U.S. Government at Paul Cuffee School in Providence, RI.
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Student Spotlight: Christien Laible, UEP '24

Christien Laible is from Norwalk, CT, and is a current Urban Education Policy master's student at Brown. He earned his Bachelor's degree in East Asian Studies with a minor in Human Development from Colby College.
A new policy briefing from the White House cites research by Matthew Kraft, an associate professor of education. On January 17, the Biden-Harris Administration announced its Improving Student Achievement Agenda for 2024, which is focused on proven strategies that will accelerate academic performance for every child in school. The administration urges States, districts, and schools to provide high-dosage tutoring and incorporates Kraft's and Grace Falken's design and implementation principles into their recommendation.
Professors Matthew Kraft, John Papay, and Lindsay Page have been recognized by Rick Hess, director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute and Education Week blogger, as being among the nation's 200 most impactful university-based scholars in education policy in 2023.
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Alum Spotlight: Kate Donohue, UEP'18

Kate Donohue graduated from Brown's Master of Arts in Urban Education Policy program in 2018 and is a Senior Project Manager at Annenberg Institute at Brown University where she studies teacher pipelines and human capital processes.
The paper, “New Schools and New Classmates: The Disruption and Peer Group Effects of School Reassignment,” was selected as one of two 2022 Best Paper winners for Economics of Education Review. Co-authored with David Liebowitz, Rodney Hughes, Matt Lenard, and Darryl Hill, the paper focuses on the impacts of the school reassignment policy in Wake County, North Carolina.
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Alum Spotlight: Nicole Mathis, MAT'96

Nicole Mathis graduated from Brown's Master of Arts in Teaching program in 1996 and is an Assistant Principal at Classical High School in Providence, RI. 
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Professor Emily Qazilbash Awarded CBLR Course Mini-Grant

The Swearer Center provides Community-Based Learning and Research (CBLR) Course Mini-Grants to instructors of undergraduate and graduate courses at Brown, in order to support the implementation of high-impact community-engaged learning experiences.
The Board of Overseers of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University established the permanent annual scholarship in 2012 for an Urban Education Policy masters student who most epitomizes the former Brown University president’s commitment to educational equity and social justice.
Education Week

More States Could Drop Their High School Exit Exams

The move away from exit exams has a lot to do with a growing sense that, while standardized tests measure student learning, they don’t capture the full range of student abilities, said John Papay, an associate professor of education at Brown University who studies high-stakes testing.
Kappan Magazine

Should Superintendents be Elected?

In his latest column for Kappan, Professor Jonathan Collins explains that superintendent turnover is one of the biggest problems plaguing urban school districts.
The Boston Globe

Defending the MCAS from evidence-free attacks

“Our work shows that there is good evidence that the MCAS is measuring the academic skills of students,” said John Papay, associate professor of education and economics at Brown University and director of the Annenberg Institute. If MCAS scores simply reflected “teaching to the test, we wouldn’t see the same relationship with long-term outcomes that we do,” the Brown economist noted.
“We ask the K-12 school system to do lots of things,” said John Papay, an associate professor at Brown University who studies high-stakes testing. “One of the questions is ‘How do we have requirements ensure students leave high school ready to live productive lives?’”
A psychologist and an economist walk into a debate … Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Matthew A. Kraft, associate professor of education and economics at Brown University, discuss looping—staying with the same teacher for multiple years.