EdPolicyWorks Researchers Lead Over 30 Top Presentations at APPAM


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

The 2015 conference theme is The Golden Age of Evidence-Based Policy. 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.

Kelli Bird, an education policy Ph.D candidate, organized a panel on the “Implications of Financial Aid” where she is presenting a paper entitled “Early Bird Gets the Worm? The Implication of Application Deadlines on the Distribution of State Grant Aid.” Bird will be presenting in this session with Professor Ben Castleman, and EdPolicyWorks affiliate Andrew Barr from Texas A&M.

Mindy Adnot, an education policy Ph.D candidate with her MPP from U.Va.’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, is leading a paper entitled “Effects of Teacher Evaluation and Incentives on Student Achievement: Evidence from DCPS.” She is the lead presenter for this paper in a larger session on “The Impact of Teacher Incentives on Student Achievement and Teacher Retention, Recruitment” where Professor Jim Wyckoff is a discussant.

Veronica Katz, also an education policy Ph.D. candidate with her MPP from the Batten School, is presenting a paper on “Teacher Turnover and Student Achievement in DC Public Schools.” Katz will be presenting this paper during a session entitled “Examining the New Teacher Contract: Compensation and Retention in the Context of Waning Union Power” that includes other presenters from Tulane University and the University of Southern California.

Other EdPolicyWorks researchers presenting at APPAM include faculty Vivian Wong, Daphna Bassok, Jennifer Doleac, Chris Ruhm, Issac Mbiti, and Luke C. Miller, as well as graduate students Katharine Meyer, Aliza Husain, David Martin, and Kate Miller-Bains.

APPAM will also be recognizing two award winners from EdPolicyWorks during the fall research conference.

Jim Wyckoff, director of EdPolicyWorks, will receive the 2015 Raymond Vernon Memorial Award with colleague Thomas S. Dee from Stanford University for their the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management research paper on “Incentives, Selection and Teacher Performance: Evidence from IMPACT.”

Alex Smith, a former graduate student at EdPolicyWorks and current Assistant Professor of Economics at West Point, received the honorable mention for the APPAM Ph.D. Dissertation Award.

The annual fall APPAM research conference is from November 12-14, 2015.

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.