EdPolicyWorks Researchers Author over 30 Key Presentations at APPAM


Members from EdPolicyWorks, a research center examining educational policy and the implications for the workforce, will embark on Albuquerque, NM for the annual meetings of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) next week.

Albuquerque, NM The 2014 conference theme is Global Challenges, New Perspectives. APPAM is a multi-disciplinary annual research conference for the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues.

Researchers from EdPolicyWorks, from graduate students to professors, will be presenting their work in over 30 key presentations across the conference.

Chloe Gibbs, an assistant professor at Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and the Curry School of Education, served on the APPAM Fall Research Conference program committee, and will play an important role at the conference.

“This year we reviewed many excellent papers and session proposals in the education policy area, and it was a very competitive year for the program,” said Gibbs. “Accepted papers and sessions are of very high quality.”

“This conference is always a great opportunity to see new, cutting-edge research from a range of disciplines that is both rigorous and policy relevant,” explained Gibbs.

Many of the EdPolicyWorks graduate students, from U.Va.’s Curry School of Education, Department of Economics, and Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy are participating in important ways throughout the conference, such as presenting papers and posters, chairing sessions, and serving as discussants.

In one panel entitled “the Interaction Between Public Policy, Labor Market Conditions, and Educational Attainment Decisions,” four roles are comprised of graduate students at EdPolicyWorks: Alex Smith, the panel organizer and presenter who is a graduate student in Economics; Aliza Husain, the panel chair and a graduate student at the Curry School of Education; and Zach Sullivan, a discussant and a graduate student in Economics.

Highlighting the interdisciplinary work at EdPolicyWorks, Chloe Gibbs will present her research with Batten School colleague Jennifer Doleac, “The Promise of College: Impact on Non-academic Outcomes,” in a session on the relationship between education and health. She will also present her work with Economics graduate student Andrew Barr, “The Longer Long-term Impact of Head Start: Intergenerational Transmission of Program Effects,” on a Head Start-themed panel.

Other EdPolicyWorks researchers presenting at APPAM include faculty Ben Castleman, Vivian Wong, Daphna Bassok, Jim Wyckoff, Robert Pianta, and Luke C. Miller, as well as graduate students Kelli Bird, Scott Latham, Mindy Adnot, and Veronica Katz.

EdPolicyWorks is a joint collaboration between the Curry School of Education and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. EdPolicyWorks brings together researchers from across the University of Virginia and the State to focus on important questions of educational policy and implications for the workforce.