Researchers at EdPolicyWorks Head to AEFP, Lead Key Presentations

By Leslie M. Booren

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

AEFP is a non-profit professional and academic association representing a variety of disciplines and perspectives that tackle important issues in education finance. Researchers from EdPolicyWorks, from graduate students to professors, will be presenting their work in over 18 key presentations across the conference.

Highlighting the interdisciplinary work at EdPolicyWorks, senior Ed Policy graduate student Aliza Husain will lead a presentation entitled “Gender in School Leadership: Effects on Teacher Retention” with Prof. Amalia Miller from the UVA Department of Economics. This presentation is part of a session chaired by Jim Wcykoff, EdPolicyWorks Director, on principal labor markets and impacts.

Katharine Meyer, also a senior Ed Policy graduate student and member of the Nudge4 Solutions Lab, will lead a presentation examining state staffing policies and the relationship between school counselors and student achievement. This talk is part of a larger session on within-school factors that drive learning.

EdPolicyWorks alumni Chloe Gibbs will be chairing a panel entitled “Supply, Demand, & Quality in the Market for Early Childhood” which includes UVA Ed Policy graduate student Justin Doromal presenting his work on system-wide quality improvements. This panel also includes presentations by Ed Policy alumni and current Stanford post-doc, Scott Latham, presenting on the effects of accountability incentives in early childhood with data from Tennessee.

Additional EdPolicyWorks researchers in the AEFP program include faculty members Ben Castleman, Anna Markowitz, Veronica Katz, Dan Player, Ben Skinner, Vivian Wong, Julie Cohen, Peter Youngs, Jennifer Doleac, Luke Miller, as well as graduate students Jessalynn James, Emily Wiseman, Aaron Phipps, Preston Magouirk, and Anandita Krishnamachari.

The annual spring AEFP research conference is from March 15-17, 2018.


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.