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In August 2016, Rick Hess of AEI’s Education Policy Studies team will hold the third “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 2016 Ed Policy Academy will take place in Washington, DC. We will begin on the night of Tuesday, August 2 and will run until Saturday, August 6, 2016.
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.
Ross Anderson, University of Oregon
Dominique Baker, Vanderbilt University
Alex Baron, University of Oxford
Richard Blissett, Vanderbilt University
David Casalaspi, Michigan State University
Constance 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
Bradley Marianno, University of Southern California
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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“AEI's Ed Policy Academy gave access to some of the best thinkers in education policy reform. Both the speakers and students were of the highest caliber and challenged me to view problems in new ways. This was hands down one of the highlights of my graduate education. I've never been in such an intellectually rich environment where discussions were both honest and challenging.” –Rob Vagi, Arizona State University, 2015 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
“The best part about the AEI Ed Policy Academy was engaging in conversation with scholars from various disciplines. Though we did not always agree, I appreciated the thoughtful feedback from my colleagues, which deepened my own understanding of various education policy issues.” –Tien Le, University of Southern California, 2015 Academy participant
“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, University of Southern California, 2013 Academy participant
“This was a valuable experience for me in a number of ways. It's true that most academic institutions are liberal minded, so learning about education topics from a different perspective was very beneficial. I am also at the point in my academic career where I have to write a memo presenting myself as an academic. This Academy helped me tremendously in this process. And I have made a lot of connections that I know will help me in the future as far as research collaborations or as I develop my career in the policy world.” –Constance Clark, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2015 Academy participant
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