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In August 2015, Rick Hess of AEI’s Education Policy Studies team will hold the second “Education Policy Academy” for graduate students in the social sciences, public policy, business, and law. This summer institute gives promising graduate students an opportunity to explore the contours of current education debates with an intimate group of leading scholars.
Offering a mix of seminars, evening speakers, and cohort-building activities, the program seeks to expand participants’ interest in pressing questions of education policy and provide a firm academic grounding on substantive debates. Academy students will spend three full days in classes taught by leading scholars about topics central to education policy, including school choice, teacher quality, and school finance.
Students who attend will gain exposure to peers from around the country and across disciplines. We anticipate that this program will feature the same dynamic, intellectually open, and thought-provoking environment that is a hallmark of AEI Education events and scholarship.
The 2015 Ed Policy Academy will take place in Washington, DC. We will begin with a dinner on the night of Sunday, August 2, and the program will conclude on Thursday, August 6.
Who Should Apply?
We seek to enroll students from a wide range of disciplines, including those studying the social sciences and education as well as those pursuing degrees in public policy, business, and law. Selected students will likely be entering their second or third year of graduate studies and have a vested interest in learning more about education policy from an academic perspective.
Roughly 20 students will be selected to participate in the Academy. All students receive fully funded travel, hotel accommodations, and meals. This is a full-time endeavor. Students will attend multiple class sessions each day and will be expected to join their cohort for dinner in the evening. Keynote guests at each dinner will be drawn from the fields of academia, policy research, and the politics of education reform.
Nominations are welcome for the Ed Policy Academy. If you send one or more outstanding students’ names and email addresses to Jenn Hatfield at [email protected], the program’s staff will contact the students with application information. Students may also apply directly, using the form below.
“The entire program was truly a fantastic experience. Thank you for introducing me to all these amazing people! I had my views challenged and my presumptions questioned in ways that were both informative and positive. I was happy, and honored, to be in the room.” –Josh Carpenter, University of Oxford, 2013 Academy participant
“Thank you for an incredible conference. I will be sure to recommend the AEI Ed Policy Academy to my classmates in future years. In the past three days, I have formed close bonds with other students at the conference and I left feeling as if I was part of another PhD cohort outside of USC.” –Ayesha Hashim, USC Rossier, 2013 Academy participant
“The academy provided invaluable networking opportunities. In addition to developing relationships with a number of other emerging scholars, I was able to take advantage of the guest speakers to further several projects. Just within the past week, I have been in communication with several of the speakers and have a research proposal in one of their hands.” –Chris Curran, Vanderbilt University, 2013 Academy participant
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