EdPolicyWorks Researchers Present New Work at 2016 APPAM


Members from EdPolicyWorks, a research center examining educational policy and the implications for the workforce, will travel to Washington DC for the annual fall research conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) next week.

The 2016 conference theme is The Role of Research in Making Government More Effective. 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 20 key presentations across the conference.

Daphna Bassok, as associate professor in the Curry School and the associate director of EdPolicyWorks, organized a panel discussing "Accountability Comes to Early Childhood: New Research on Quality Rating & Improvement Systems." Also presenting on the panel is Dan Player, a faculty member from the UVA Batten School of Public Policy and Leadership, discussing "Do Parents Know 'High Quality' Preschool When They See It?" EdPolicyWorks alumni, Terri Sabol (Northwestern University) and Tom Dee (Stanford University), are also panelists presenting their related early childhood research.

In another panel, organized by EdPolicyWorks post-doctoral fellow Kelly Rosinger, researchers will be discussing "Financial Aid Nudges: Evidence from Field and Quasi-Experiments." Rosinger will be presenting along with Ed Policy graduate student Katharine Meyer, who is leading a paper about "The Role of Colleges in Impacting Students’ Financial Aid Behaviors." Others involved in this panel include Ben Castleman, assistant professor at the Curry School, and Zach Sullivan, a UVA Department of Economics graduate student conducting research at EdPolicyWorks.

Anisah Waite, another post-doc at EdPolicyWorks, will be presenting a paper titled "Building Supportive Work Environments: Teacher Collaboration's Role in Improving School Culture" during a panel on teacher policy and teacher quality.

Additional EdPolicyWorks researchers presenting at APPAM include faculty members Anna Markowitz, Kelli Bird, Luke Miller and Jim Wyckoff, as well as graduate students Aliza Husain, Michelle Zagardo and Preston Magouirk.

The annual fall APPAM research conference is from November 3-5, 2016.

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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.