EdPolicyWorks Researchers Author 17 Key Presentations at AEFP

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

San Antonio, TX hosts AEFPThe 2014 conference theme is New Players in Education Finance and Policy. Both K-12 and higher education are in the midst of rapid and fundamental change, and this conference presents research to make sense of this fast-changing environment. The latest research on a wide spectrum of education topics, from pre-K to postsecondary, will be shared, along with vigorous debates about current reforms and policy directions.

Researchers from EdPolicyWorks, from graduate students to professors, will be presenting their work in 17 key presentations across the conference.

EdPolicyWorks graduate students, Veronica Katz and Mindy Adnot, will both be presenting papers. Adnot is presenting sole-authored paper on the malleability of teacher practice in response to performance incentives during a session entitled “Managing the teacher workforce: Evidence from the District of Columbia public school.” Katz will be presenting co-authored work about school turn around during a presentation entitled “Improving Ohio’s Lowest- Performing Schools: Evaluation of the School Turnaround Specialist Program.”

Jim Wyckoff, Director of EdPolicyWorks, will be participating in a special invited panel discussing “the influence of research on policy and practice.” The panel consisting of other researchers, practitioners, and policy makers will be tackling issues of school finance and learning, specifically how state aid is being leveraging. 

Other noteworthy activities will be happening at the conference. Chloe Gibbs, an assistant professor at EdPolicyWorks, has been selected to receive the 2014 Jean Flanigan Outstanding Dissertation Award. This prestigious award is presented annually, in recognition of exemplary dissertation research in the area of education finance and will be presented at the conference.

Other EdPolicyWorks researchers presenting at AEFP include faculty Luke Miller, Dan Player, Chloe Gibbs, Allison Atteberry, Jim Wyckoff, and Daphna Bassok as well as graduate students Kelli Bird, Eva Galdo, Veronica Katz, Mindy Adnot, Frank Perrone, Scott Latham and Alex Smith. Please visit the AEFP conference website for a copy of the full program.

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.