EdPolicyWorks Researchers Lead Over 25 Key Presentations at AEFP

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

The 2017 conference theme is Education Policy and Research in the Post-Obama Era. The latest research on a wide spectrum of education topics, from pre-K to postsecondary, will be presented, accompanied by vigorous debates about current reforms and policy directions. Researchers from EdPolicyWorks, from graduate students to professors, will report their work in over 25 key presentations across the conference.

In some of the top presentations, new research from EdPolicyWorks on teacher quality will be highlighted. New faculty member Sally Hudson will present a paper titled "The Dynamic Effects of Teach for America in Hard-to-Staff Schools." New post-doctoral fellow, Veronica Katz, will present "Using Financial Incentives to Attract and Retain High-Performing Teachers in Low-Performing Schools" in a panel on performance-based compensation and retention.

Students at EdPolicyWorks are also presenting at AEFP and contributing to the research discussion on teacher quality. Preston Magouirk, a second year candidate in the education policy doctoral program, will lead a poster presentation on "Revisiting Teacher Education in Early Childhood: Do Students Benefit From Teachers’ Degrees?" Justin Doromal, a first year student in the dual MPP/PhD program, will present the paper, "Daycare Dangers: Examining Safety and Health Violations in North Carolina Child Care Programs," in a session with EdPolicyWorks post-doctoral fellow Anna Markowitz and faculty members Daphna Bassok, Vivian Wong and Dan Player on improving access to high-quality early childhood learning opportunities.

Highlighting the cross-disciplinary nature of EdPolicyWorks' research, Aaron Phipps, a graduate student in the UVA Department of Economics, will present his teacher quality work on "What Uncertainty in the Teaching Production Function Means for Designing Teacher Incentives." Zach Sullivan, also a student in economics, will discuss his work on "The Effect of Performance-based Funding on College Access."

Daphna Bassok, associate director of EdPolicyWorks, is a member of the 2017 AEFP program committee and will take an active leadership role throughout the conference.

Other EdPolicyWorks researchers presenting at AEFP include faculty members Jim Wyckoff, Sarah Turner, Luke Miller, Ben Castleman, Kelli Bird, Peter Youngs, Kelly Rosinger, and Anna Markowitz, as well as graduate students Fran Murphy, Frank Perrone, Katharine Meyer, Aliza Husain, Jessalynn James, Katharine Sadowski 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.