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Spring 2017 Conference

Registration for the March 2017 conference Expanding the Toolkit: Maximizing Relevance, Effectiveness and Rigor in Education Research is open until February 1, after which late fees will apply:

Professional Development
The opening act is professional development day on Wednesday.
Workshops will run in morning and afternoon sessions.
Wolverines (Gulo gulo), and not just those from Michigan, will register for one in each.

Morning Session
A. New Weighting Methods for Causal Mediation Analysis
Guanglei Hong (University of Chicago), Jonah Deutsch (Mathematica Policy Research)
& Xu Qin (University of Chicago)

B. Endogenous Subgroup Analysis Using ASPES
Laura Peck, Eleanor Harvill & Shawn Moulton (Abt Associates)

C. The Stanford Education Data Archive: Using Big Data to Study Academic Performance
Sean F. Reardon (Stanford University), Andrew D. Ho (Harvard University),
Benjamin Shear (University of Colorado - Boulder) & Erin Fahle (Stanford University)

Afternoon Session
D. Implementation Research in RCT Evaluations
Rekha Balu & Carolyn Hill (MDRC)

E. Cost Analysis for Evaluation in Education
A. Brooks Bowden (North Carolina State University)

F. Principal Stratification: Introduction and Tools for Analysis
Lindsay Page (University of Pittsburgh), Avi Feller (University of California - Berkeley)
& Luke Miratrix (Harvard University)


Women in Quantitative Methodology
Wednesday concludes with the Woman in Quantitative Methodology program,
a discussion of career strategies for women interested in quantitative methods in education and the development of new collaborative research networks.
Hosts are Terri Pigott, Loyola University Chicago and
Trisha H. Borman, American Institutes for Research.
A reception sponsored by AIR will follow.

Educational Effectiveness in Global and Immigration-Related Contexts
Presentations with an international perspective are infused across the program,
including sessions:
1D: Teachers Matter: Improving Instructional Techniques in the U.S. and India
1H: Expanding the Literacy Learning Toolkit in Rwanda: Evidence from an RCT
3H: Designing Policies and Instructional Approaches for Enduring Effects
4B: Promoting Academic Achievement among Diverse Vulnerable Populations
5A: The Role of Executive Functioning from Preschool through Adolescence
5G: Toward Contextually-Based Evidence in International Education
6B: Learning from Differences: How Assessing Starting Points May Influence Practice
6G: Policy Contexts of Immigrant-Origin Youth, Adult Employment and Educational Outcomes
8B: Improving Opportunities to Learn for Academically Vulnerable Adolescents & Young Adults
8G: Improving Educational Outcomes in Africa
8H: Experimental & Quasi-Experimental Approaches to Evaluating Early Childhood Programs

Career Forum
There is a free lunch on Thursday for individuals who have uploaded their CV into the online database, as AIR, RTI, SRI and WestEd host informational sessions from 11:15-12:15.
Firms will review CVs and may elect to schedule initial screening interviews. They will have exhibits on the Ballroom level of the Fairmont for the duration of the meeting.

The Hedges Lecture on Thursday evening March 2, will be delivered by Esther Duflo,
Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development in the
Department of Economics at MIT.

*Inaugural Hedges Lecture Sponsors:
American Institutes for Research
William T. Grant Foundation
Spencer Foundation

The day concludes with a reception in the Colonnade in the Fairmont sponsored by:

Friday begins with ten break-out sessions, followed by the Keynote Address,
Studying Educational Opportunity and Inequality with Big Data, by Sean Reardon,
Professor of Poverty and Inequality in Education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Q&A will continue until hunger pangs result in lunch service.

Keynote Sponsor:

Friday afternoon concludes with the Poster Session, with dual formats: physical posters or laptop displays. All presenters will have loaded virtual posters into the online program
for pre-conference viewing on February 1:

The alcoholic content of beverages will increase as we transition from poster discussions
directly into a reception that will conclude early enough to enjoy dinner out.
A number of options in West End and Georgetown are provided in the map included in registration materials. The reception provides another opportunity to interact with representatives of Career Forum sponsors.

Early Birds will find breakfast set at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.
The final plenary, In Conversation, will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Moderated by Nikole Hannah-Jones, of the New York Times Magazine, with
Sian Beilock, Stella Rowley Professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and
Rucker Johnson of the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley

In Conversation Sponsor:

A SREE tradition is to save (some of) the best for last. The final break-out includes a full-slate of sessions:

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