MDRC Experts Presenting at Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, March 1-4


A number of MDRC experts are presenting at “Expanding the Toolkit: Maximizing Relevance, Effectiveness, and Rigor in Education Research,” the Spring Conference of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE), held in Washington, DC, on March 1-4, 2017.

Wednesday, March 1

1:00-4:00 PM

Workshop: Implementation Research in RCT Evaluations

  • Rekha Balu, MDRC

  • Carolyn Hill, MDRC

Thursday, March 2

9:00-11:00 AM

Learning in Partnership: How Researchers and Practitioners Jointly Create and Apply Research Findings

  • Moderator: Rekha Balu, MDRC

  • Alana Callahan, Bridgeport Public Schools, and Michael Strambler, Yale University

  • Victoria Flores, Sacramento City Unified School District, and Nancy Erbstein, University of California – Davis

  • Arezo Rahmani, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Faith Connolly, Baltimore Education Research Consortium

12:30-2:30 PM

The Boston Public Schools Pre-Kindergarten Program: Impacts, Persistence, Costs, and Context

  • Organizer: Rebecca Unterman, MDRC

  • Impacts of Boston Pre-K on Children’s Academic Outcomes, Special Education Placement, and Grade Retention through Third Grade, Christina Weiland, University of Michigan; Rebecca Unterman, MDRC; Eleanor Martin, Shana Rochester, & Anna Shapiro, University of Michigan; Sara Staszak, MDRC; and Sania Zaidi, University of Michigan

  • A Cost Study of Boston Public School’s Prekindergarten Program, Sarah Kabay & Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University; Christina Weiland, University of Michigan; and Rebecca Unterman, MDRC

  • The Little Kids Down the Hall: Associations between Broader School Climate, Pre-K Classroom Quality, and Pre-K Children’s Gains, Shana Rochester & Christina Weiland, University of Michigan; Rebecca Unterman & Meghan McCormick, MDRC

  • Discussant: Pamela Morris, New York University

Friday, March 3

8:00-10:00 AM

Insights into How Two Effective Human Capital Interventions Produced Their Impacts: New York City’s Small High Schools of Choice and the National Job Corps Program

  • Organizer: Howard Bloom, MDRC

  • Mediators of the Effects of New York City’s Small High Schools of Choice on Ninth-Grade Progress toward Graduation, Howard Bloom, Rebecca Unterman, & Pei Zhu, MDRC; Sean Reardon, Stanford University; and Fatih Unlu, RAND

  • Ninth-Grade On-Track Status as a Precursor to High School Success in Small Schools of Choice, Lindsay Page, University of Pittsburgh; Avi Feller, University of California-Berkeley; Luke Miratrix, Harvard University; Marie-Andree Somers & Rebecca Unterman, MDRC

  • Unpacking Complex Mediation Mechanisms in the Multisite Job Corps Evaluation, Jonah Deutsch, Mathematica Policy Research; Edward Bein, Abt Associates; Guanglei Hong, University of Chicago; Kristin Porter, MDRC; Xu Qin, University of Chicago; and Alma Vigil, Mathematica Policy Research

  • Discussant: Michael McPherson, Spencer Foundation

1:00-2:30 PM

Beyond the Classroom: Factors Influencing Students in Schools

  • Chair: Meghan McCormick, MDRC

  • The Heterogeneous Effects of Summer Jobs: Using Machine Learning to Analyze Two Field Experiments, Jonathan Davis, University of Chicago, and Sara Heller, University of Pennsylvania

  • Immediate Impacts of Community Violence on Student Behavior in Schools, Rebecca Hinze-Pifer & Lauren Sartain, University of Chicago

  • Determining Costs of Comprehensive School Services, A. Brooks Bowden, North Carolina State University, and Henry M. Levin, Columbia University

Toward Contextually-Based Evidence in International Education: Moving Beyond What Works to Questions of for Whom and under What Conditions

  • Organizer: Kate Schwartz, New York University

  • Taking Stock: Frequency Of, Barriers To, and Potential Ways to Foster More Policy-Relevant Education Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, Kate Schwartz, Yeshim Iqbal, & J. Lawrence Aber, New York University

  • An Examination of the Design and Statistical Power of Impact Evaluations in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, Jessaca Spybrook, Qi Zhang, & Dustin Anderson, Western Michigan University

  • Establishing Measurement Invariance of the International Development and Early Learning Assessment (IDELA) across Five Countries, Sharon Wolf, University of Pennsylvania; Peter Halpin, Hiro Yoshikawa, Natalia Rojas, & Sarah Kabay, New York University; Amy Jo Dowd & Lauren Pisani, Save the Children

  • Discussant: Michael Weiss, MDRC

3:00-5:00 PM

Increasing the Demand for Rigorous Education Policy Research

  • Moderator: Diane Schanzenbach, Northwestern University

  • Gordon Berlin, MDRC

  • Ruth Neild, Philadelphia Education Research Consortium

  • Grover J. Whitehurst, Brookings Institution

Making Evidence Matter in Decisions about Education Policy and Practice

  • Moderator: Robert Granger, SREE Vice President

  • Christopher Mazzeo, Education Northwest

  • Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, MDRC

  • Ruth López Turley, Rice University

  • David Yokum, Government of the District of Columbia

Saturday, March 4

10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Improving Opportunities to Learn for Academically Vulnerable Adolescents and Young Adults

  • Chair: Julie Edmunds, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

  • The Importance of Educational Credentials: Schooling Decisions and Returns in Modern China, Alexander Eble, Columbia University, and Feng Hu, University of Science and Technology Beijing

  • A Meta-Analysis of Regression Discontinuity Studies Examining the Effects of Placement into Postsecondary Developmental Education, Jeffrey Valentine, University of Louisville; Spyros Konstantopoulos, Michigan State University; and Sara Goldrick-Rab, Temple University

  • Bringing CUNY ASAP to Ohio: A Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) in Three Community Colleges, Michael Weiss, Colleen Sommo, & Alyssa Ratledge, MDRC

  • Effective Programs for Struggling Secondary Readers, Ariane Baye, University of Liege; Cynthia Lake, Amanda Inns, & Robert Slavin, Johns Hopkins University