Monthly Archives: October 2013

Professor John Papay Publishes Paper on Boston Teacher Residency

Does an Urban Teacher Residency Increase Student Achievement? Early Evidence From Boston

Boston Teacher Residency (BTR) is an innovative practice-based preparation program in which candidates work alongside a mentor teacher for a year before becoming a teacher of record in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). The authors found that BTR graduates are more racially diverse than other BPS novices, more likely to teach math and science, and more likely to remain teaching in the district through Year 5. Initially, BTR graduates for whom value-added performance data are avail- able are no more effective at raising student test scores than other novice teachers in English lan- guage arts and less effective in math. The effectiveness of BTR graduates in math improves rapidly over time, however, such that by their 4th and 5th years they outperform veteran teachers. Simulations of the program’s overall effect through retention and effectiveness suggest that it is likely to improve student achievement in the district only modestly over the long run.

Read the full paper here Papay West Fullerton Kane – EEPA – Final Published

UEP Fall Open House Itinerary

Prospective students: Below is the Itinerary for UEP Fall Open House! We hope you can join us to learn more about the UEP program from faculty, alumni and current UEP students. Please RSVP at House Intinerary

Professor Wong Meeting with Geoffrey Canada, Founder of the Harlem Children’s Zone

Geoffrey Canada, founder of Harlem’s Children Zone, and Stanley Druckenmiller, chair of the HCZ Board, were invited by Brown President Christina Paxson to deliver a talk on the impacts of federal fiscal policy on children and young adults.  Following the presentation, Professor Wong met with Mr. Canada to discuss ways for the HCZ and the UEP to work together on urban school reform.  Mr. Canada was interested in learning about the career pathways of our UEP graduates.

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Professor Matt Kraft publishes study on teacher-family communication

Professor Matt Kraft published findings demonstrating the causal effect of teacher-family communication on student engagement:

Kraft, M.A. & Dougherty, S.M. (2013). The effect of teacher-family communication on student engagement: Evidence from a randomized field experiment.  Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness6(3), 199-222.

In this study, we evaluate the efficacy of teacher communication with parents and students as a means of increasing student engagement. We estimate the causal effect of teacher communication by conducting a randomized field experiment in which sixth- and ninth-grade students were assigned to receive a daily phone call home and a text/written message during a mandatory summer school program. We find that frequent teacher–family communication immediately increased student engagement as measured by homework completion rates, on-task behavior, and class participation. On average, teacher–family communication increased the odds that students completed their homework by 40%, decreased instances in which teachers had to redirect students’ attention to the task at hand by 25%, and increased class participation rates by 15%. Drawing upon surveys and interviews with participating teachers and students, we identify three primary mechanisms through which communication likely affected engagement: stronger teacher–student relationships, expanded parental involvement, and increased student motivation.

Read the full paper here.

Department hosts Director of UNESCO Beijing Office

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Mr. Abhimanyu Singh with Professor Wong at Brown University following Mr. Singh’s presentation.

Professor Wong hosted the campus visit of Mr. Abhimanyu Singh, the Director of UNESCO Bejing Office on October 7.  Mr. Singh delivered a presentation on education progress in China and India. The lecture was co-sponsored by the Education Department and the India Initiative at Brown. The UNESCO Bejing Office has about 30 professional staff to promote educational, scientific, and cultural activities in China, North Korea, South Korea, Mongolia, and Japan.