Researchers at EdPolicyWorks Lead Key Presentations at APPAM 2017

By Leslie M. Booren

Members from EdPolicyWorks, a research center examining educational policy and the implications for the workforce, will travel to Chicago for the annual fall research conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) next week.

The 2017 conference theme is Measurement Matters: Better Data for Better Decisions. APPAM is a multi-disciplinary annual research conference for the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues.

Researchers from EdPolicyWorks, from graduate students to professors, will be presenting their work in over 20 key presentations across the conference.

Highlighting the interdisciplinary work at EdPolicyWorks, Denise Deutschlander, a Ph.D candidate in Sociology, will be presenting her work on "The Effect of Parents on College Student Engagement: An Evaluation of a Parent Intervention" during a panel on parental and family support for college students. You can also read more about this work in the EdPolicyWorks working paper.

Many of the researchers at EdPolicyWorks will also be presenting during a panel on "New Evidence on Teacher Effectiveness." Graduate student Aliza Husain will be a discussant across presentations. Jessalynn James, also an Ed Policy graduate student, will be leading a talk on "Measuring Teacher Quality: Does the Common Core Make a Difference?" that is co-authored by Aaron Phipps (UVA economics graduate student), Professor Jim Wyckoff (Director of EdPolicyWorks), and Thomas Dee (Professor at Stanford University and EdPolicyWorks alumni).

In another panel, organized by EdPolicyWorks graduate student Katharine Meyer, researchers will be discussing "Innovations in Education Technology: Evidence from K-12 Field Experiments." Justin Doromal, a graduate student in the Ed Policy Ph.D/MPP dual degree program, is the chair for this panel. Meyer, with Professor Ben Castleman, will be presenting a paper about "Summer Reading Connection: Engaging Student Learning through Technology."

Additional EdPolicyWorks researchers presenting at APPAM include faculty members Daphna Bassok, Anna Markowitz, Kelli Bird, Luke Miller, Julie Cohen, Veronica Katz and Vivian Wong, as well as graduate student Preston Magouirk.

The annual fall APPAM research conference is from November 2-4, 2017.


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.