MDRC Experts Presenting at Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, September 26-29


MDRC will be well-represented at the virtual fall conference of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE), “The Fierce Urgency of Knowledge: Education Evidence for Reimagining and Reckoning,” on September 26-29, 2021.

Rekha Balu, Director of MDRC’s Center for Applied Behavioral Science, serves on the SREE Board, and Michael Weiss, MDRC Senior Associate, is the editor of SREE’s Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness

MDRC experts will be featured in the following sessions:

Sunday, September 26, 2021

11:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Workshop: Estimating Impacts for Multisite Individually Randomized Trials (There’s More to It Than We Originally Thought!)

  • Instructors: Michael Weiss (MDRC) and Luke Miratrix (Harvard University)

Monday, September 27, 2021

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Unconventional and Inexpensive Interventions for Improving Academic Outcomes

  • Chair: Rekha Balu, MDRC

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Who, What, Where, When?: Understanding and Promoting Equitable Access to Early Learning Programs in Three Large-Scale Systems

  • Organizer: Meghan McCormick, MDRC
  • Discussant: Rekha Balu, MDRC

 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
The Role of Student, School, and Community Characteristics in Promoting Equitable Access to High-Quality Prekindergarten: Evidence from Boston

  • Presenting Author: Meghan McCormick, MDRC
  • Authors: Mirjana Pralica, JoAnn Hsueh, Samantha Xia (MDRC), Christina Weiland, Amanda Weissman Ketner (University of Michigan), and Anna Shapiro (University of Virginia)

10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Sustaining Environments of Social-Emotional Learning: Variation in Effects of INSIGHTS by Subsequent School Climate

  • Presenting Author: Sophia Hwang, New York University
  • Authors: Meghan McCormick (MDRC), Elise Cappella, Erin O’Connor, and Sandee McClowry (New York University)

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Design Parameters for Planning Randomized Controlled Trials in Community Colleges

  • Presenting Author: Michael Weiss, MDRC
  • Authors: Colin Hill and Marie-Andrée Somers, MDRC

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Using Public Data to Assess Long-Term Academic Effects of a Math Pre-K Curriculum in New York City Public Schools

  • Presenting Author: Cullen MacDowell, MDRC
  • Authors: Shira Mattera (MDRC) and Robin Jacob (University of Michigan)

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Lessons Learned When Designing a Synthetic-Comparison-Based Impact Evaluation of a County-Wide, Placed-Based Initiative

  • Authors: Howard Bloom (MDRC) and Luke Miratrix (Harvard University)

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Statistical Power When Adjusting for Multiple Hypothesis Tests: Methodology Expansions and Software Tools

  • Presenting Author: Kristen Hunter, Harvard University
  • Authors: Kristin Porter (MDRC) and Luke Miratrix (Harvard University)

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Understanding Varying Impacts of Career and Technical Education

  • Discussant: Rachel Rosen, MDRC

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Identifying and Unpacking Causal Effects in Early Childhood

  • Chair: Meghan McCormick, MDRC

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Long-Term Impacts of Social-Emotional Learning on Students’ Academic Development: Evidence from a Randomized Trial of INSIGHTS

  • Presenting Author: Meghan McCormick, MDRC
  • Authors: Erin O’Connor, Robin Neuhaus, Elise Cappella, and Sandee McClowry (New York University)

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Understanding Variation in CTE Program Impacts in New York City

  • Presenting Author: James J. Kemple, New York University
  • Authors: John Sludden (New York University), Rebecca Unterman, Alec Gilfillan (MDRC), Shaun M. Dougherty (Vanderbilt University), and Samuel Kamin (University of Connecticut)

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
The Long-Term Effects of a Preschool Math Curriculum and a Kindergarten Math Club Intervention – Third-Grade Impacts

  • Presenting Author: Shira Mattera, MDRC
  • Authors: Cullen MacDowell (MDRC), Robin Jacob (University of Michigan), Pamela Morris (New York University)

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
What Happens After the Program Ends? A Synthesis of Post-Program Effects in Higher Education

  • Presenting Author: Rebecca Unterman, MDRC
  • Authors: Michael Weiss and Dorota Biedzio, MDRC