Jan – May 2015

May 2015

Former MPES Fellow and Statistics PhD Candidate Arend Kuyper presents, “An Alternative Method for Teacher Evaluation When Using Student Test Score Data”

Join us in Annenberg 347, 12:30 – 1:30 PM for his talk!

When using student achievement data for evaluation of teachers, we are limited to either using value-added or student growth percentile techniques. We are proposing an alternative method that conceptualizes the process differently. We anchor our method in Item Response Theory (IRT). IRT methodologies are well established and already form the basis of most large scale assessments. For example, even though we are unable to directly observe a student’s math ability we can estimate her math ability by observing her responses to a series of well aligned questions. In much the same way, we are unable to directly observe a teacher’s instructional ability http://smartessaywriter.net/. Our proposed method requires a set of well aligned questions or items that can be used to estimate a teacher’s instructional ability. Our conceptualization would designate the teacher’s students as those items. By leveraging well established IRT practices, we can analyze responses to the items (students) and estimate a teacher’s instructional ability.

Wellesley’s Phillip Levine presents “Early childhood Education by MOOC: Lessons From Sesame Street”

Phillip Levine
Wellesley College
A. Barton Hepburn and Katherine Coman
Professor of Economics
Friday, May 15, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
617 Library Place

Talk Flyer Here

April 2015

MPES Alumnus Aaron Sojourner visits NU!

Colloquium Talk Details:
Where: Annenberg 303
When: 12:30 pm

Sojourner is a labor economist and assistant professor at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. His research focuses on three areas: (1) policies to promote efficient and equitable development of human capital with a focus on early childhood and K-12 education systems, (2) effects of labor-market institutions on economic productivity and in politics, and (3) behavioral economic approaches to consumer financial decisions. Economic Journal, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Public Economics, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, and Industrial Relations have published his work.

Sojourner has a wide range of policy experience and community service. He serves on Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’s Cradle-to-K Cabinet advising the city on how to reduce racial disparities through policies affecting children’s first 3 years. He also serves as a research associate at IZA, on the Human Capital Research Collaborative’s steering committee, and as a director of Spring Bank, a community bank in the Bronx and Harlem, N.Y. In the past uk essay writing service, he served as an adviser to the Office of the Illinois State Treasurer and as a fellow in the U.S. Senate’s Labor Policy Office.

Sojourner completed his PhD in economics at Northwestern University in 2009 and was pre-doctoral fellow in the university’s Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences. He also has an MA in public policy analysis from the University of Chicago and a BA in history from Yale University.

Talk Flyer Here

MPES fellows meet with  David Deming.


Meeting: 10 am, Annenberg G02
Talk: 12:30 pm, Annenberg 303

Talk Abstract Here

David Deming is an associate professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  His research focuses broadly on the economics of education, with a particular interest in the impact of education policies on long-term outcomes other than test scores.

March 2015

March 31st, 2015

MPES fellows meet with sociologist Kate Phillippo to discuss her research on selective public high school choice policy in Chicago.

Talk Abstract Here

March 10th, 2015

Jesse Rothstein Meets with MPES fellows to talk about uk essay writing service Value-Added Models

Talk Abstract Here

February 2015

MPES Director Prof. Diane Whitmore  Schanzenbach gives talk “School Finance Reform and the Distribution of Student Achievement” Wednesday, February 25th, 2015


Wednesday, February 25, 2015
3:30-5:00 PM
617 Library Place

Full Abstract Here

Harvard’s Professor Jon Star meets with MPES fellows:

Jon Star @ NU MPES

Thursday, February 5th, 12:30-1:30 pm

Annenberg 303

In his talk, Star will cover the findings from IES- and NSF-funded studies investigating students’ learning of algebra and will also offer reflections on challenges inherent in the move from lab to classroom.

Jon Star is currently the Nancy Pforzheimer Aronson Associate Professor in Human Development and Education in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.  He earned his PhD in Education and Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2001.

January 2015

Taylor Martin meets MPES fellows!

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Taylor Martin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences at Utah State University.  Currently, she is examining how mobile and social learning environments provided online and in person influence content learning in mathematics, engineering and computational thinking.  Taylor Martin received her Ph. D. in educational psychology from Stanford.  she also holds an M. S. in cognitive psychology, and a B.A. in linguistics.

Full Talk Abstract