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 

IESP Summer Seminar Series, 2015

We are excited to invite you to the IESP Summer Seminar Series! All seminars will be held on Tuesdays, starting June 9th and running through August 4th, from 4:00 - 5:30pm.

Seminars will be held in the Payne Room at Pless Hall, located at 82 Washington Square East.

Click here to view the full seminar schedule. We look forward to seeing you all there!


IESP Summer Seminar Presentations, 2015

For those who are unable to attend, we will be posting presentations following each seminar.


June 9, 2015

Meryle Weinstein and Emilyn Whitesell: Rolling Out and Scaling Up: What Happens When a New Program is No Longer New? 
Agustina Laurito and Amy Ellen Schwartz: Crime on the Street Where You Live: The Impact of Violent Neighborhoods on Academic Performance


June 16, 2015

Sarah Cordes: Do Vouchers Improve Academic Performance? Evidence from NYC 

June 23, 2015

Michael Chavez-Reily: The Role of Internships, Coops and Apprenticeships in College to Work Transition
Michah Rothbart: Competing for Students: The Impact of Increased School Choice on Budgets


July 7, 2015

Thad Calabrese: Leveling the Field: the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 and Tax-Exempt Borrowing by Nonprofit Colleges and Universities

July 14, 2015

Sean Corcoran: Leveling the Playing Field for High School Choice in New York City
Amy Ellen Schwartz and Michele Leardo: Let Them Eat Lunch: The Impact of Universal Free Meals on Meal Participation and Obesity


July 21, 2015

Meryle Weinstein and Michele Leardo: Characteristics of the School Food Environment and Relationship with Student Weight
Agustina Laurito: 
Too Far From Home? Natural Disasters in the Country of Origin and the Academic Performance of Immigrant Students in NYC


August 4, 2015

Maria Fernanda Rosales Rueda: Can Policy Interventions Mitigate Early Disadvantage? Evidence from Bundled Shocks in Colombia
Menbere Shiferaw and Leanna Stiefel: 
Who Feels Included in Inclusive Schools?



Previous Seminars 

IESP Summer Seminar Presentations, 2014

For those who are unable to attend, we will be posting presentations following each seminar.

June 17, 2014
Sarah Cordes (IESP/Wagner): The Spillovers of Charter Schools on Neighborhood Public School Students: Evidence from NYC.
Simon McDonnell and Colin Chellman (CUNY): Academic Impacts of Hurricane Sandy


June 24, 2014
Michah Rothbart (IESP/Wagner): Tax and Sales Effects of Restaurant Grades
Emilyn Ruble Whitesell (IESP/Wagner): Do You See What I See? The Impact of School Accountability on Stakeholder Consensus in New York City


July 1, 2014
Judith Samuels (SP3 Innovations) and Jennifer Pringle (Advocates for Children): Homeless Children and Education: Policy and Challenges
Dona Anderson (Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness): A Tale of Two Students – the Housed and the Homeless


July 8, 2014
Joydeep Roy (Independent Budget Office): Can Changing Academic Standards Affect Educational Outcomes? Evidence from a Policy Experiment in India
Amy Ellen Schwartz, Leanna Stiefel and Sarah Cordes (IESP/Wagner): The Effect of Residential Mobility on Student Performance


July 15, 2014
Vanessa Coca (Steinhardt): The Role of Undermatch in New York City and Implications for College Success
Amy Ellen Schwartz, Michele Leardo and Siddhartha Aneja (IESP): Estimating the Impact of NYC's Water Jets on Childhood Obesity


July 22, 2014
Meryle Weinstein, Michele Leardo and Melissa Pflugh Prescott (IESP): The Impact of School Food Policies on Childhood Obesity: Case Studies
Natasha Wilson (IESP/Wagner): Could Decision Aids Help Engage Parents of Students with Disabilities?