Validating Components of Teacher Effectiveness: Results from the National Center for Teacher Effectiveness (NCTE) Project
Thursday, April 23, 2015
CGIS Knafel 401
1737 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

The Program on Education Policy and Governance's Colloquia Series resumes on Thursday, April 23, with a study by Doug Staiger, John French Professor of Economics, Dartmouth University, on the National Center for Teacher Effectiveness project. For more information, visit the project website.

The NCTE collected teacher effectiveness measures across three school years from three broad areas: value-added, classroom observation, and student surveys. In the first two years, researchers collected non-experimental estimates of these measures and, in the third year, designed a randomized experiment to test the validity of these estimates.

The series is open to all in the Harvard community. Please RSVP to




Investing in Lower Income Communities: A Continuing Conversation
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Bell Hall, 5th floor Belfer Building
Corner of JFK and Eliot Streets, Cambridge, MA

Lower income communities face continuing challenges in attracting capital for housing and other types of investments. This panel discussion, with speakers representing key stakeholder groups, is aimed at furthering the conversation about the current investment needs facing lower income areas and how lending efforts can best be focused – viable strategies and new ideas. Although the focus will be on the Boston area, the issues discussed have broader relevance.

Elizabeth B. Smith, Executive Director, The Hyams Foundation, Inc. (Moderator)
Janelle Chan, Executive Director, Asian Community Development Corporation
Joe Flatley, President and CEO, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation
Chrystal Kornegay, Massachusetts Undersecretary for Housing and Community Development
Esther Schlorholtz, Director of Community Investment, Boston Private Bank & Trust Co.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston