Education Policy Analytics Lab
This collection of research projects is centered on studying strategies for developing a high-quality teacher workforce to benefit all students. As supported by NSF and AERA, the studies involve three intertwined lines of inquiry:
Teaching and Teacher Quality
Beyond the conventional economic frameworks of human capital development and extrinsic incentives, our inquiry is deeply influenced by socio-behavioral theories of how school settings affect teacher performance. This line of inquiry utilizes sophisticated causal analyses and innovative methods (e.g., social network analysis) to contribute to the limited understanding of teacher peer learning in schools and the impacts of teacher peer learning on improving student achievement.
Equitable Distribution of Teacher and Principal Quality
This line of inquiry examines teacher and principal quality issues through a macro and systemic lens. Our work centers on policy-malleable factors that contribute to a more equitable distribution of teacher quality across subgroups of students. This line of inquiry also examines the way in which policy and school work conditions contribute to diversifying the teaching workforce.
School Accountability and School Improvement
This line of inquiry is concerned with whole-school transformation models and the development of rigorous theories of action to guide effective improvement of underperforming schools. Our research looks into current school improvement efforts to identify specific actions and activities that support school transformation, as well as the contexts they most effectively work in.