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The PEPG Education Policy Colloquium Series was initiated in the spring of 2004 to foster an interest in education research within the Harvard community by inviting top scholars from across the country to present their recent research findings in an open discussion with colloquium attendees.

Events are free and open to the public. For those outside of the Harvard community, please RSVP to pepg_administrator@hks.harvard.edu.

For upcoming colloquium speakers and dates, please visit the Events page.

Past Colloquium Series Speakers
Spring 2021
Thursday, February 4

The Democratic Deficit in U.S. Education Governance

Vladimir Kogan, Associate Professor of Political Science, Ohio State University

 

Thursday, February 18

A National Study of Public School Spending and House Prices

Peter Q. Blair, Assistant Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Download the PDF of this research paper

 

Thursday, March 4

Negative Impacts From the Shift to Online Learning During the COVID-19 Crisis: Evidence from a Statewide Community College System

Gaby Lohner, Research Specialist, Nudge4 Solutions Lab, University of Virginia

 

Thursday, March 25

The Impact of Neighborhood School Choice: Evidence from Los Angeles’ Zones of Choice

Christopher Campos, Economic PhD Candidate, University of California, Berkeley

 

Thursday, April 8

Rent-Seeking through Collective Bargaining: Teachers Unions and Education Production

Jason Cook, Assistant Professor, The David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

 

Thursday, April 22

The Impact of Increased Exposure to Diversity on Suburban Students' Outcomes: An Analysis of the METCO Voluntary Desegregation Program

Elizabeth Setren, Assistant Professor of Economics, Tufts University

 

Fall 2020
Thursday, September 17

The Way Forward: Improving Teacher Preparation in the U.S.

Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality

 

Thursday, September 24

Can Teachers Unions Be Part of the Solution?

Michelle Rhee, Founder and CEO, StudentsFirst, former Chancellor for District of Columbia Public Schools 
George Parker, Senior Advisor, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, former President, District of Columbia Teachers Union

 

Thursday, October 1

Defending Against Adequacy Lawsuits

Rocco Testani, Attorney, Eversheds-Sutherland

 

Thursday, October 8

Can Big City Schools Be Held Accountable?

Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools

 

Thursday, October 29

Addressing Inequity in Curriculum and Instruction through Teacher Education Reform

Wayne D. Lewis Jr., Dean, Belmont University School of Education, former Commissioner of Education for the Kentucky Department of Education

 

Thursday, November 12

The "Slow Revolution" of Student-Based Budgeting

Joseph Olchefske, Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Education, former Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools

 

Thursday, November 19

Implementing Digital Learning

Susan Patrick, President and CEO, Aurora Institute

Slides from this presentation are available here.

 

Monday, NOVEMBER 23

What Next for the U.S. Senate?

Erica Suares, Office of the Senate Majority Leader, U.S. Congress

 

Thursday, DECEMBER 3

Trends in Charter and District School Performance, 2005-2017

M. Danish Shakeel, Harvard University
Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University

 

Spring 2020
Wednesday, Feb. 5

Shifting Alliances in State Political Parties: The Case of Education Interest Groups

Leslie Finger, Harvard University
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102, HKS

Wednesday, Feb. 19

The Effects of Full-Day Prekindergarten: Experimental Evidence of Impacts on Children and their Families

Allison Atteberry, Colorado University-Boulder School of Education
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102, HKS

Wednesday, Feb. 26

Racial Diversity in the Teacher Pipeline

Melanie Rucinski, Harvard Kennedy School, and Joshua Goodman, Brandeis Univeristy Co-sponsored by the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston Bell Hall, Belfer 500, HKS

Wednesday, March 11

The Effect of Common Core on Student Achievement: Evidence from Two Large Scale Assessments

Benjamin Arold, University of Munich and Dany Shakeel, Harvard Kennedy School
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102, HKS

Wednesday, March 25

The Impact of Increased Exposure to Diversity on Suburban Students' Outcomes: An Analysis of the METCO Voluntary Desegregation Program

Elizabeth Setren, Department of Economics, Tufts University
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102, HKS

Wednesday, April 8

Is Spending on Schools Efficient? A National Study of the Capitalization of School Spending and Local Taxes

Peter Blair, Harvard Graduate School of Education
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102, HKS

Wednesday, April 22

More than dollars for scholars: The impact of the Dell Scholars Program on college access, persistence and degree attainment

Lindsay Page, University of Pittsburgh School of Education
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102, HKS

Fall 2019
Thursday, Sept. 12

Results from the 2019 EdNext Poll

Paul Peterson, Harvard University
Nye A Conference Room, Taubman 520, HKS

Thursday, Sept. 19

Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life

Michael Horn, Co-Founder and Distinguished Fellow, The Christensen Institute
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Thursday, Sept. 26

District Turnaround: Politics & Community Engagement

Paymon Rouhanifard, Co-Founder and CEO of Propel America
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Thursday, Oct. 24

Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue: The Next Step

Richard Komer, former Senior Litigation Attorney, Institute for Justice
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Wednesday, Nov. 13

World Class: How to Build a 21st-Century School System

Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary General, Director for Education and Skills, OECD
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Thursday, Nov. 21

How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle over School Choice

Robert Pondiscio, Senior Fellow and VP for External Affairs, The Fordham Institute      
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Spring 2019
Friday, Feb. 8

The Effects of Student Growth Data on School District Choice: Evidence From a Survey Experiment

David Houston, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Friday, March 8

The Effects of Police Violence on Inner-City Students

Desmond Ang, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Friday, March 15

School Choice and Consumer Behavior: Crafting Smarter Policies

Steven Glazerman, Mathematica Policy Research
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Friday, March 29

Outside Money in School Board Elections: The Nationalization of Education Politics

Sarah Reckhow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Friday, April 12

Down But Not Out! The Resilience of Teachers’ Unions in American Politics

Michael Hartney, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston College
Malkin Penthouse, Littauer 4th Floor, HKS

Friday, April 26

The Effect of State Funding for Postsecondary Education on Long-Run Student Outcomes

Rajashri Chakrabarti – Federal Reserve Bank of New York
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Fall 2018
Thursday, Sept. 20

The Renaissance of Federalism

Clint Bolick, Associate Justice, Arizona Supreme Court
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Thursday, Sept. 27

Results from the 2018 EdNext Poll

Paul Peterson, Harvard University
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Thursday, Oct. 18

The Miami Miracle: Innovation and Transformative Leadership in an Urban School District

Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Allison Dining Room, Taubman 520, HKS

Thursday, Oct. 25

Chartering a Path Forward for KIPP: Where Should KIPP Be In the Next Decade?

Richard Barth, KIPP Public Schools
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Thursday, Nov. 29

Policy, Politics, and Process: Legislating in the United States Senate

Erica Suares, Office of the Senate Majority Leader, U.S. Congress
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Spring 2018
Thursday, March 22

Learning Job Skills from Colleagues at Work: Evidence from a Field Experiment Using Teacher Performance Data

Eric Taylor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Thursday, March 29

Delivering Education to the Underserved through a Public-Private Partnership Program in Pakistan

Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Harvard Graduate School of Education
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Tuesday, April 3

Skeptical Democrats? The Long Run Effects of Education for All Policies in India

Emmerich Davies, Harvard Graduate School of Education
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Tuesday, April 10

The Performance of Charter Schools on Non-tested Outcomes

Daniel Hamlin, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Program on Education Policy and Governance
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Fall 2017
Thursday, Sept. 7

Public thinking on school choice, Common Core, higher ed, and more

Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University
Martin West, Harvard Graduate School of Education
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Thursday, Oct. 12

Using Personalized Learning to Design Schools that Motivate

Diane Tavenner, Founder and CEO of Summit Public Schools
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Tuesday, Oct. 31

School Reform in New Mexico

Hanna Skandera, Former Secretary of Education, New Mexico
Taubman 301, HKS

Thursday, Nov. 2

An Education Policy Discussion with Jason Riley

Jason Riley, The Wall Street Journal
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Thursday, Nov. 9

Advocating for School Reform

Michelle Rhee, Founder, StudentsFirst
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Thursday, Nov. 30

Continuing Change in Newark: An update

Christopher Cerf, State District Superintendent, Newark, New Jersey
Taubman 301, HKS

Spring 2017
Tuesday, April 4

The Direct and Indirect Effects of Closing Schools on Students' Educational Opportunities: Evidence from Philadelphia

Matthew P. Steinberg, Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102, HKS

Tuesday, April 11

Teacher Accountability Reforms and the Supply of New Teachers

Matthew A. Kraft, Assistant Prof. of Education & Economics, Brown University
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102, HKS

Fall 2016
Tuesday, Sept. 13

Ten-Year Trends in Public Opinion from the Ed Next Poll

Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University
Martin West, Harvard Graduate School of Education
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102, HKS

Thursday, Sept. 22

Unconventional Measures of Grit

Albert Cheng, Harvard Kennedy School
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Thursday, Sept. 29

The Future of School Reform

Jeb Bush, former Governor, State of Florida
Land Lecture Hall, Belfer 400, HKS

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Private Schools and Student Achievement

Jane Friesen, Simon Fraser University
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102, HKS

Tuesday, Oct. 25

What Parents Think about Public, Private and Charter Schools: A nationwide survey

Paul E. Peterson, Harvard University, and Samuel Barrows, Harvard Kennedy School
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102, HKS

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Disrupting Education? Experimental Evidence on Technology-Aided Instruction in India

Alejandro Ganimian, Jameel Poverty Action Lab South Asia
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102, HKS

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Can States Take Over and Turn Around Low-Performing School Districts? Evidence on Policy Effects and Political Dynamics from Lawrence, MA

Beth Schueler, Harvard Kennedy School
WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102, HKS

Thursday, Nov. 17

American Education Policy in 2016

John White, Superintendent of Education, State of Louisiana
CPL Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135, HKS

Spring 2016
March 1, 2016

After Common Core, States Set Rigorous Standards

Thomas Gift, Harvard Kennedy School
Taubman 102, HKS

Read the accompanying Education Next article.
Check out how the states fared with this interactive map.

March 8, 2016

A Third Way? The Politics of School District Takeover and Turnaround in Lawrence Massachusetts

Beth Schueler, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Co-sponsored with The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Taubman 401, HKS

March 29, 2016

Can Successful Schools Replicate? Evidence from Boston's Charter Schools

Sarah Cohodes, Teachers College, Columbia University
Co-sponsored with The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston and the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Taubman 102, HKS

April 12, 2016

Education for All? Evidence from an Audit Study of Charter Schools

Peter Bergman, Teachers College, Columbia University
Taubman 102, HKS

Fall 2015
Sept. 29

Education Next-PEPG 2015 Public Opinion Poll

Michael Henderson: Research Director, Public Policy Research Lab, Manship School of Mass Communication, Louisiana State University
Center for Government and International Studies - S-153

Oct. 13

Performance Information and Retrospective Voting: Evidence from a School Accountability Regime

Sam Barrows: Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University
Center for Government and International Studies - S-050

Nov. 10

Civil Wrongs: Federal equity initiative promotes paperwork, not equality

R. Shep Melnick: Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr., Professor of American Politics, Boston College
Center for Government and International Studies - S-050
Read the accompanying article in Education Next.

Nov. 17

Do Tests Aligned with the Common Core Predict College Success? Predictive Validity of the PARCC and MCAS Exams

Ira Nichols-Barrer: Mathematica Policy Research
Center for Government and International Studies - S-050
Read the accompanying paper.

Dec. 1

Faculty Opinion on Tenure

William G. Howell: Sydney Stein Professor of American Politics, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
Susan Mallaney: University of Chicago
Center for Government and International Studies - S-050

Spring 2015
Feb. 24

Weak Markets, Strong Teachers: Recessions at Career Start and Teacher Effectiveness

Markus Nagler, University of Munich and Martin West, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Center for Government and International Studies - S-050

March 12

Representation in the Classroom: The Effect of Own- Race/Ethnicity Teacher Assignment on Student Achievement

Anna J. Egalite, Harvard Kennedy School
Center for Government and International Studies - S-153

April 23

Validating Components of Teacher Effectiveness: Results from the National Center for Teacher Effectiveness (NCTE) project

Doug Staiger, Dartmouth University
Center for Government and International Studies - Knafel-401