EdPolicyWorks Researchers Represent Over 27 Presenting Roles at AEFP


Members from EdPolicyWorks, a research center examining educational policy and the implications for the workforce, will be ascending on Washington DC for the annual meetings of the Association for Education Finance & Policy (AEFP) this week.

The 2015 conference theme is Research Informing Practice, Practice Informing Research. During the conference the latest research on current reforms, policy directions and education topics from pre-K to postsecondary will be presented.

“This is AEFP’s 40th anniversary,” explained Daphna Bassok, associate director of EdPolicyWorks and a member of the AEFP board and program committee. “We’ve put together a really strong program and are expecting record-breaking attendance this year.”

Researchers from EdPolicyWorks, from graduate students to professors, will be sharing their work in over 27 presenting roles across the conference.

“What makes the conference special is the focus on rigorous education policy research that is applied and clearly linked to the needs of policy-makers and practitioners,” continued Bassok.

“The goals of AEFP are very well aligned with the goals of EdPolicyWorks, so the annual conference ends up being a highlight of our year.”

Seven EdPolicyWorks researchers are featured on a list of AEFP’s top program highlights. One highlighted symposium entitled “Improving Teacher Quality and Student Achievement: Evidence from DC Public Schools” includes presentations by graduate students, Mindy Adnot and Veronica Katz, as well as their faculty mentor and EdPolicyWorks director Jim Wyckoff.

Washington DCEva Galdo, another graduate student in the Education Policy Ph.D program at the Curry School of Education, will present “Evaluating Preschool Programs Based on Children’s School Readiness: Are There Unintended Consequences to Florida’s Kindergarten Readings Rating System?”, which is joint work with professors Daphna Bassok and Luke C. Miller. Kelli Bird, a graduate student, is presenting a poster entitled “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? Investigating Rates and Patterns of Financial Aid” Renewal Among College Freshmen” with her faculty mentor Ben Castleman.

During the first general session of the conference, Mindy Adnot, a Curry School Education Policy Ph.D student, and Alex Smith, a Department of Economics Ph.D student, will be honored as recipients of the 2015 New Scholars Award. This prestigious award supports promising research by master’s and doctoral students whose research addresses education finance and policy. Adnot and Smith, both graduate students at EdPolicyWorks, were among three scholars nationwide to receive this award.

Other EdPolicyWorks researchers presenting at AEFP include faculty Chloe Gibbs, Vivian Wong, Dan Player, and Julie Cohen, as well as graduate students David Martin, Frank Perrone, and Michelle Zagardo.

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.