The Institute for Education and Social Policy

Seminar Series

As part of its mission, the Institute sponsors seminars that bring together practitioners, policymakers, and researchers to discuss current ideas, concerns, and findings relating to educational policies and practices that are relevant to New York City and the region. 

In each seminar, an author or policymaker presents an idea or finding, followed by a broader discussion among seminar participants. Presenters include local as well as national scholars and practitioners. Previous topics addressed include funding of schools in large districts, teacher merit pay plans, choice in schooling (including charter schools), accountability in education, and alternative teacher training programs.

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Upcoming Seminars 

In Fall of 2013, IESP will hold a series of seminars at the Federal Reserve Bank/NYU Education Seminar Series in conjunction with the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Speakers include:

September 19 Scott Imberman (Michigan StateUniversity)
    
October 3 Henry Levin (Columbia University)
      
October 17 Bruce Sacerdote (Dartmouth College)
          
October 24 Holger Sieg (University of Pennsylvania)
      
October 31 Kirabo Jackson (Northwestern University)
      
November 21 Will Dobbie (Princeton University)
      
December 5 Jesse Rothstein (University of California at Berkeley)
      
December 19 Raji Chakrabarti (Federal Reserve Bank of New York)

Previous Seminars 

In Spring of 2013, IESP held a series of seminars at the Federal Reserve Bank/NYU Education Seminar Series in conjunction with the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Speakers include:

February 21 Joshua Goodman (Harvard University)
         
March 7 Bruce Sacerdote (Dartmouth College)
          
March 21 John Papay (Brown University)

April 11 Andrew Reschovsky (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
      
May 2 Dennis Epple (Carnegie Mellon University)
      
May 23 Sara Goldrick-Rab (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
    
June 13 Paco Martorell (RAND)

The Institute for Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program is an interdisciplinary fellowship program designed to train students of diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences. In addition to funding doctoral students from the six affiliated departments across NYU (Steinhardt/Applied Psychology, Teaching and Learning, Humanities and the Social Sciences, and the Institute for Education and Social Policy; GSAS/Economics and Sociology; and the Wagner School of Public Service) the program includes a proseminar series. The series brings together presentations by both NYU and external experts who will help to introduce, reintroduce, and consolidate students' advanced understanding of the concepts of internal, external, construct, and statistical validity. The Spring 2013 series include: 

January 28 Yossi Shavit (Tel Aviv University), Co-sponsored with IHDSC

February 12 Jonathan Haidt (New York University), Co-sponsored with IHDSC
    
March 4 Christopher Weiss (New York University)

April 3 Sean Reardon (Stanford University), Co-sponsored with CASSR    

April 29 Seth Pollak (University of Wisconson-Madison), Co-sponsored with Applied Psychology, Developmental

In Fall of 2012, IESP held a series of seminars at the Federal Reserve Bank/NYU Education Seminar Series in conjunction with the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Topics and speakers include:

September 6 James H. Shelton III, Assitant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement (U.S. Department of Education)

October 4 Joanna Cannon, Executive Director (Office of Research and Data, NYC Department of Education)

October 11 James Kemple (New York University)

October 18 Hugh McArtney (Duke University)

October 25 Marcus Winters (Manhattan Institute & University of Colorado, Colorado Springs)

November 26 Shael Polakow-Suransky, Education Seminar Luncheon with NYC Schools Chief Academic Officer

November 29 Ron Ehrenberg (Cornell University)

December 20 Sandy Black (University of Texas at Austin)

The Institute for Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program is an interdisciplinary fellowship program designed to train students of diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences. The Fall 2012 series include:

September 24 Catherine Bradshaw (Johns Hopkins)

October 1 Janet Currie (Princeton)

October 22 Sara Rimm-Kaufman (University of Virginia)

October 29 Judy Scott-Clayton (Columbia)

November 12 Joshua Goodman (Harvard)

December 3 Anna Gasman-Pines (Duke)

December 10 TBA

In Winter and Spring of 2012, IESP held a series of seminars at the Federal Reserve Bank/NYU Education Seminar Series in conjunction with the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Topics and speakers include:

January 19 Frederick Hess (American Enterprise Institute) onschool reform efforts and the role of beauracracy

February 2 Jacob Vigdor (Duke University) 

March 8 Julian Betts (UC San Diego) on high school exit exams

April 12 Sarah Turner (University of Virginia) 

April 26 Justine Hastings (Brown University)

May 16 Ceci Rouse (Princeton University)

June 7 David Mustard (University of Georgia) on non-cognitive skills and gender disparities, interest scores, and teacher assessments 

June 21 Martin West (Harvard University)

June 28 Brian Jacob (University of Michigan)


The Institute for Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program is an interdisciplinary fellowship program designed to train students of diverse backgrounds to become outstanding researchers in the educational sciences. The Spring 2012 series include:

January 26 John Gruber (MIT)
                      
February 16 Rucker Johnson (UC Berkeley)
                
February 23 Andrew Ryan (Cornell University)
                    
March 1 Avi Ebenstein (Hebrew University)

March 22 Martha Feldman (UC Irvine)

March 29 Carol Heimer (University of Chicago)

April 5 Peter Henry (NYU - Stern)

April 19 Dana Burde (NYU - Steinhardt)
                      
April 26 Jesse Rothstein (UC Berkeley)          

In 2011 IESP held a series of seminars at the Federal Reserve Bank/NYU Education Seminar Series in conjunction with the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Topics and speakers included: 

January 20 Cynthia Miller (MDRC) on Opportunity NYC 

March 10
 Anna Maria Lusardi (GWU and Dartmouth) on financial literacy 

April 14
 Raji Chakrabarti (FRBNY) on No Child Left Behind 

May 12
 Amy Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel & Matt Wiswall (NYU) on NYC small schools 

June 2
 Tom Downes (Tufts U) on School Finance and Property Values

June 16
 Jens Ludwig (U Chicago) 

June 30
 Rob Meyer (U Wisconsin-Madison) on value added (as relevant for NYC) 

July 21 Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger (NYCDOE) 

September 8  David Deming (Carnegie Mellon) 

September 22  Julie Marsh (Rand and U of Southern California)  

October 6  Tom Dee (U of Virginia) 

October 13  Jennifer Jennings (NYU) 

October 27  Eric Bettinger (Stanford U School of Education)  

November 17  Derek Neal (Chicago)  

December 8 Justine Hastings (Yale)

December 15 Dick Murnane (Harvard Graduate School of Education) 

In 2007 - 2008, IESP held a series of seminars at the Federal Reserve Bank/NYU Education Seminar Series in conjunction with the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Topics and speakers included: 


"Research in and with High Schools: A working research group for students and faculty", Leslie Siskin, IESP 

"Charter School Choice", Sean Corcoran, New York University 

"Assessing Teacher Effects with Value-Added Models", Jesse Rothstein, Princeton University 

"Denver Teacher Pay Plan", Paul Teske, University of Colorado at Denver 

 "Do Charter Schools Affect Student Performance and Behavior in Non-Charter Schools?" Scott A. Imberman, Department of Economics, University of Houston