Ed Policy Graduate Student Joins AEI’s 2018 Academy on Education Policy


By Leslie M. Booren

Emily Wiseman, a graduate student in the Education Policy Ph.D program and a researcher at EdPolicyWorks has been named one of the 2018 Ed Policy Academy participants by the American Enterprise Institute.

The annual summer institute gives social science, public policy, business, and law graduate students professional development and scholarship opportunities. Wiseman will join roughly 20 other scholars from across the country in Washington, D.C. in August.

“I’m eager to hear new perspectives on the work of policy reform, particularly from policymakers,” Wiseman said. “Understanding how individuals outside of the academic community make sense of research is such a valuable tool.”

Wiseman will join other academy participants for three full days of classes taught by leading scholars about topics central to education policy, including school choice, teacher quality, and school finance. Participants will also attend a mix of seminars, evening speakers, and cohort-building activities that address pressing questions of education policy.

“This is an opportunity to better situate my work within the broader landscape of education policy and to develop relationships with other researchers,” Wiseman said.

Wiseman’s research focuses on innovative approaches to teacher development. She is currently working to understand the effects of coaching within a district-wide professional development program in Washington, D.C. under the direction of her advisers, Jim Wyckoff and Julie Cohen.

“The policy academy is a great opportunity for Emily to interact with senior education policy scholars and other graduate students,” said Wyckoff, Director of EdPolicyWorks. “Emily will bring a unique perspective to that group that links expertise in the skills of effective teaching with an interest policies that systematically develop those skills more broadly.”

With acceptance into the academy, Wiseman will join an elite group of previous participants, including Veronica Katz, Preston Magouirk, Aliza Husain and Justin Doromal, all current or former UVA education policy doctoral students.

Wiseman is also a pre-doctoral fellow in the Virginia Education Science Training (VEST) program sponsored by the Institute of Educational Sciences, and enrolled in the MPP/Ph.D Ed Policy program through the Curry and Batten Schools. She previously received her M.S.Ed. in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College. She comes to UVA with five years of teaching experience in Philadelphia, PA and Washington, D.C.

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.