Research Alliance leadership will be participating in the Society for Research on Education Effectiveness (SREE) upcoming Spring conference (March 1-4, Washington, D.C.).

Executive Director Dr. James Kemple has organized “Strengthening Practice and Policy through University-District Partnerships: Embedding Evaluation in NYC's Pre-K for All,” (Thursday, March 2, 9-11am) a symposium that will feature researchers and practitioners implementing and studying NYC’s Pre-K for All Initiative. Presentations include:

  • Embedding Research into a City-Wide Professional Development System for Universal Pre-K: The Development of the "Explore" Evaluation (Pamela Morris, Natalia Rojas, Rachel Abenavoli, and Elise Cappella, New York University)
  • Scaling Family-Centered Pre-Kindergarten to Reduce Socioeconomic and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Learning, Behavior and Health (Laurie Miller Brotman, Spring Dawson-McClure, Demy Kamboukos, Dana Rhule, Katherine Rosenblatt, Yen Huang, & Gaby Barajas-Gonzalez, New York University, and Esther Calzada, University of Texas – Austin)
  • Dynamic Partnership, Promising Innovations: New York University and NYC's Department of Education Collaboration to Strengthen Curriculum and Family Engagement in Pre-K Programs through Ongoing and Non Traditional Collaboration
    (Josh Wallack and Sophia Pappas, New York City Department of Education)

Dr. Kemple has also organized and will participate in a symposium titled “The Impact of Performance-Based School Closures in Four Cities.” Dr. Kemple will present his findings on high school closures in New York City. Researchers will also present findings on school closures in New Orleans, Chicago, and Philadelphia. (Thursday, March 2, 12:30-2:30pm)

In addition, Research Director Dr. Cheri Fancsali will participate in “From Student School Assignment to After School Programs and College Completion: How Three Research-Practice Partnerships Evaluate Local Conditions and Provide Support to Practitioners.” The panel will feature three illustrations of how rigorous evaluation of local education policies or programs can be effectively conducted through a research-practice partnership, resulting in direct impact on districts’ decision making. (Thursday, March 2, 9-11am) 

More information here.