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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 have been 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.
Ross Anderson, University of Oregon
Dominique Baker, Vanderbilt University
Alex Baron, University of Oxford
Richard Blissett, Vanderbilt University
David Casalaspi, Michigan State University
Connie Clark, Teachers College, Columbia University
Erin Fahle, Stanford University
Rebecca Hite, North Carolina State University
Susan Kahn, Louisiana State University
Tien Le, University of Southern California
Brad Marianno, University of Southern California
Trenton Marsh, New York University
Rebecca Neri, University of California, Los Angeles
David Nitkin, Teachers College, Columbia University
Sarah Parsons, University of Missouri
Carly Robinson, Harvard University
Michael Thier, University of Oregon
Kendra Thompson-Mitchell, Teachers College, Columbia University
Robert Vagi, Arizona State University
Max Yurkofsky, Harvard University
Lauren Bailes, The Ohio State University
David Blazar, Harvard University
Josh Carpenter, University of Oxford
Elizabeth Chu, Teachers College, Columbia University
Chris Curran, Vanderbilt University
Christopher Doss, Stanford University
Jeffrey Fletcher, Teachers College, Columbia University
Sarah Guthery, Southern Methodist University
Ayesha Hashim, University of Southern California
Veronica Katz, University of Virginia
Alec Kennedy, University of Washington
Jeannie Kim, New York University
Noah Kippley-Ogman, New York University
Todd Lancaster, The George Washington University
Jaunelle Pratt, Teachers College, Columbia University
Whitney Ruble, Tulane University
Janie Scull, University of Pennsylvania
Christine Tomasik, The George Washington University
Rachel White, Michigan State University
Stephani Wrabel, University of Southern California
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“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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